Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he cannot visit Gaza as planned because of the protest movement in his country but that he could “make a surprise any time.”

He has been saying for two years that he will visit the Hamas-controlled region, a trip that would boost the terrorist organization’s stature. However, every time he sets  date, another reason comes up that prevents him  from coming.

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The Obama administration recently pressured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make political concessions to Erdogan to end a three-year deep freeze in diplomatic relations, and a visit by Erdogan to Hamas could quickly cause deterioration in ties.

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