Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday claimed that Israel would “set its sights” on Turkey if it succeeded in defeating Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Erdogan, a vocal critic of Israel’s war in the Palestinian territory following Hamas’s attack on October 7, has often expressed support for the Palestinian terrorist organization as defenders of their homeland.

Hamas is classed as a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union, among others, but Erdogan has repeatedly rejected this, calling it an organization of freedom fighters.