ISTANBUL, October 25. /TASS/. Turkey is ready to act as a guarantor country for Palestine in the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
Addressing a parliamentary session, Erdogan also proposed to convene an international peace conference aimed to resolve the ongoing crisis.
"We are ready to act as a guarantor country for Palestine in resolving the conflict," Erdogan said. "We also propose to convene an international peace conference on a settlement between Israel and Palestine with the participation of all influential parties."
"Turkey will always bear the responsibility of paving the way for the lasting peace," the Turkish president continued. "We view the institution of guarantor countries, which we have proposed as a tool for the most effective method for the real solution of the problem, at least in the short-and mid-term perspective."
"We call on the goodwill countries to asses this proposal as soon as possible, to take concrete steps and open the doors to the peace," Erdogan added.
Tensions flared up again in the Middle East on October 7 when militants from the Gaza-based Palestinian radical group Hamas staged a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. Hamas described its attack as a response to the aggressive actions of Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.
In response, Israel has announced a total blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, and has begun delivering air strikes on the enclave and certain parts of Lebanon and Syria. Clashes are underway in the West Bank as well.