Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has criticised U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval of weapons sales to Israel, saying the United States was “writing history with bloody hands” in reference to violence between Israel and Palestinians.
Biden’s administration approved on Monday the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, according to congressional sources.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan also said: “You forced me to say this.”
Erdogan later turned to Europe, condemning Austria for flying an Israeli flag over the federal chancellery in Vienna on Friday.
“The state of Austria is trying to make Muslims pay the price for the Jews it subjected to genocide,” Erdogan said.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is firmly pro-Israel, had called the move a mark of solidarity amid the clashes .
Israel pummeled Gaza with air strikes on Monday and Palestinian militants launched rockets at Israeli cities despite a flurry of U.S. and regional diplomacy that has so far failed to halt more than a week of deadly fighting.