Basem Naim, head of Hamas' international relations council and former health minister in Gaza, dropped a "bomb" recently, talking about Palestinian maritime rights, which will be effectively protected by the Turkish fleet.
"Our rights in the Eastern Mediterranean have been usurped by Israel. The Israelis have not only usurped our rights at sea, but also on land and in the air. "We are ready to protect the rights agreement with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean," he said, apparently after consultation with the Turkish side.
A few months ago, the possibility of signing an EEZ agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Turkey was mentioned in an interview with the Palestinian Ambassador to Ankara, Faed Mustafa.
This plan, as everything shows, is being activated by the Turkish side now, with the aim of plundering the Cypriot EEZ, according to the statements and maps presented to us by the Turks for many months.
The Palestinian ambassador to Turkey had argued months ago that the Palestinian state had rights to oil and gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, noting that to date the Palestinians have not been able to claim and exploit their share due to Israeli pressure.
"Israel did not allow it, it prevented it. We, as Palestine, attach great importance to our relations with Turkey. We work to strengthen relationships in all areas. We are open to all ideas for developing these relationships. This also applies to the issue of the EEZ agreement with Turkey. We also have rights in the Mediterranean.
Palestine also has a stake in oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean. We are ready to agree with Turkey on gas. We are ready for cooperation with Turkey. We want to develop our relations in all areas. We are open to everything ", he had stated and this, as everything shows, will be realized.
At the same time, the Turkish foreign policy expert, Hassan Unal, had stated at the time that the signing of an EEZ agreement with Palestine is considered very important, as such an agreement would lead to the legitimacy of the Palestinian state.
Unal added that Turkey could register the agreement with the UN, which would be a guarantee of Palestinian rights in the Mediterranean.
Only Basem Naim, head of the Council on Foreign Relations in Gaza, also spoke about land and air, which triggers scenarios of a possible Turkish military presence in the region in the very distant future, as part of the plan to revive the Ottoman Empire.