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If the United Nations were to impose sanctions against Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be solved, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with the American magazine Time.

He also said he didn't think the Quartet - comprised of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia - truly wants to solve the conflict.

Asked what the international community could do to advance Israeli-Palestinian talks, he reiterated what he said in his speech to the UN General Assembly last weekend.

"Until today, the UN Security Council has issued more than 89 resolutions on prospective sanctions related to Israel, but they've never been executed," he said.

"One might wonder why no sanctions have been imposed on Israel. When it's Iran in question, you impose sanctions. Similarly with Sudan. What happens with Israel then? Had these sanctions been imposed in this day and age, the Palestine-Israel conflict would have been resolved a long time ago," Erdogan said.

The reason Israel hasn't been subjected to sanctions, he charged, is that the Quartet doesn't really want to solve the conflict. Quartet members "need to take a sincerity test," he said, and ask themselves, "Do we really want to resolve this issue or not?"