Obama Sides with Pro-Hamas Turkey on Gaza

Obama Sides with Pro-Hamas Turkey on Gaza

US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern Friday that renewed violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip would damage the Middle East peace process.

The White House had previously made it clear that it blames the Islamist movement Hamas for the latest round of fighting, urging it to halt the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

Turkey has been critical of Israel, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of stepping up the conflict in order to win domestic political advantage ahead of January’s parliamentary elections.

But both leaders shared the concern that the conflict is worsening.