It didn’t take long.
On October 8th, Secretary of State Blinken tweeted that, “Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and I spoke further on Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel. I encouraged Türkiye’s advocacy for a cease-fire and the release of all hostages held by Hamas immediately.”
As FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer, a former terror finance analyst at the Treasury Department pointed out, “Hakan Fidan was the intelligence chief who presided over the establishment of a Hamas headquarters in Turkey that included an active terrorist commander directing attacks in the West Bank, Saleh al-Arouri.”
Turkey’s Islamist dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is an open supporter of Islamic terrorism who had previously tweeted that, “Hamas is not a terrorist organization and Palestinians are not terrorists. It is a resistance movement that defends the Palestinian homeland against an occupying power. The world stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine against their oppressors.”
Fidan has welcomed and met with Hamas terrorist leaders.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Saturday with a large delegation of Hamas leadership, including the extremist group’s leader Ismail Haniyeh and deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri, both of whom have a $5 mln bounty on their heads after being designated as terrorists by the US.
Erdogan also received the chairman of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh alongside the accompanying delegation at Istanbul’s Vahdettin Palace, according to state broadcaster TRT.
Hamas partly operates out of Turkey.
Several senior leaders of Hamas and their families now live permanently in Turkey, and some have received Turkish passports. In addition to engaging in terrorism, the Hamas officials have also established their own businesses. Ismail Haniyeh’s son, Hazem, moved his family from Gaza to Turkey, meaning that the Hamas head has transferred almost his entire family from Qatar and Gaza to Turkey.
Endorsing calls for a cease fire by a Hamas ally in the aftermath of the mass murder of Israelis is despicable even for this administration.