Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls Turkey ‘The Squad’ of NATO after Turkey’s President Declares Israel a War Criminal

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham: Turkey’s Actions Drawing Concern as “The Squad” of NATO

Senator Lindsey Graham, representing South Carolina as a Republican, has raised alarm over Turkey’s recent behavior by likening the country to “The Squad” within NATO. This comparison comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled Israel a war criminal in its conflict against Hamas militants, a move that Senator Graham criticized as unsettling.

Understanding “The Squad”: Progressive Democrat Members of the U.S. House

“The Squad” is made up of progressive Democrat members of the U.S. House, including Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamal Bowman from New York; also, Cori Bush from Missouri, and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts. Several of these members have openly criticized Israel’s government following Hamas’ unexpected attack on October 7.

Statements by Tlaib Regarding Israel

Rashida Tlaib, who is vocal about her anti-Israel stance, has voiced her belief that the cycle of violence will persist as long as the U.S. continues to offer unwavering financial aid to what she describes as an apartheid regime. She has also cast doubt on the conclusions of Israeli and U.S. authorities concerning an airstrike on a Gaza hospital, suggesting a pattern of misinformation when it comes to war crimes.

Erdogan’s Claims and Israel’s Reaction

Turkish President Erdogan accused Israel of openly engaging in war crimes for a period of 22 days and announced intentions to officially designate Israel as a war criminal. Responding to Erdogan’s assertions, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen declared the recall of diplomats from Turkey for a reassessment of the Israel-Turkey relationship. Turkey initially deplored the violence in Israel and condemned the casualties resulting from Hamas but later shifted its position to support Hamas fighters as “freedom fighters” in light of Israel’s response.

Ongoing Conflict and Humanitarian Impact

The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel has led to a catastrophic toll. With over 8,700 fatalities and numerous injuries, the situation includes reports of individuals being held captive, enduring sexual assault, torture, and homicide at the hands of Hamas. The scenario remains significantly unstable, causing continued distress in both Gaza and Israel.

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Mark Hussey
Mark Hussey is a prolific author and distinguished scholar of modernism, with extensive experience in literary analysis and research.