MP dies immediately after cursing Israel in Turkey’s parliament


In a striking turn of events that underscores the complexities of Middle Eastern politics and

Turkish lawmaker Hasan Bitmez (Israfan)

the power of words, Turkish lawmaker Hasan Bitmez, a member of the conservative Felicity Party, collapsed from a heart attack in a dramatic moment right after delivering a fiery speech against Israel in the Turkish parliament.

Bitmez, 53, concluded his impassioned address with a strong condemnation of Israel, stating, “You will not escape the wrath of Allah.” These words, heavy with foreboding, were his last before he unexpectedly collapsed, his head striking the floor, much to the shock and concern of his fellow assembly members who rushed to his aid.

This incident, coinciding with Turkey’s fluctuating relations with Israel, highlights the delicate balance of diplomacy and domestic politics. Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has seen its relationship with Israel oscillate, especially following the tragic events of October 7, when Hamas-led terrorists brutally massacred 1,200 people in southern Israel, seizing 240 hostages in the process.

Erdogan’s stance has been notably ambivalent. Before the October 7 onslaught, Turkey had been warming up to Israel, but the ensuing war saw a return to Erdogan’s historically harsh rhetoric against the Jewish state. His recent affirmation of Hamas’s role in Gaza’s reconstruction, despite international support for Israel’s right to defend itself and eliminate the threat from Hamas, underscores this complex dynamic.

Bitmez fell to the floor

The incident involving MP Bitmez serves as a poignant reminder of the unpredictable nature of life and the profound impact of our words and actions. While Bitmez’s health remains a primary concern, his sudden collapse following his strong remarks against Israel has not gone unnoticed. It raises questions about the rhetoric used in international politics, particularly when discussing sensitive and deeply rooted conflicts.

As we reflect on this incident, it’s important to remember the core values of the State of Israel – resilience, democracy, and the pursuit of peace. Israel continues to navigate a challenging geopolitical landscape, emphasizing the need for constructive dialogue and mutual respect among nations.

May this event catalyze more measured and peaceful discourse in the region, and let us hope for MP Bitmez’s swift recovery.¹ The path to peace is often fraught with obstacles, but through understanding and cooperation, a brighter future can be forged for all in the Middle East. — Israfan

1. Editor’s note: MP Bitmez died after being transferred to the hospital