Israel will not be accused by a leader who bombs his own people, jails journalists and assists Iran and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a brutal refutation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest anti-Israeli tirade .
Erdogan, emerging as one of the main voices in the Islamic world trying to stir up passions over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, called Israel a “terrorist state” on Sunday.
According to Huriyett’s website, Erdogan – speaking at a meeting of his AK Party in the central Sivas province of Anatolia – accused Israel of “disproportionate” force against Palestinians protesting Trump’s declaration . He declared Israel “a state of oppressive occupation”.
Netanyahu, who has become accustomed to refraining from responding to Erdogan’s anti-Israeli rhetoric, responded this time at a press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Asked about Erdogan’s verbal attack, Netanyahu replied: “I am not used to receiving lectures on the morality of the leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, helps Iran to bypass international sanctions and helps terrorists. , kill innocents. It is not the man who will teach us the lesson. ”
Erdogan called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the Jerusalem issue.
Erdogan said in Sivas that Turkey considers that the US decision is void, and that a “road map” will be developed at the OIC meeting that “will show that the decision will not be easy to implement” .
Erdogan has publicly commented on the issue almost every day for more than a week. A Turkish presidential source said on Saturday that Erdogan – who threatened last week to break ties with Israel – spoke with Macron and “agreed to continue his efforts to convince the United States to reconsider their decision.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet Erdogan in Turkey on Monday, and the Turkish president is also expected to raise the issue.
On Saturday, Erdogan criticized Trump, as Hurriyet quoted him as saying “leading the world is not so easy. Israel, he said in a speech to the Turkish Exporters Assembly, “is an occupying state and their police are firing on young people and children … They are striking Gaza with their F-16s. ”
During this speech, he stressed the importance of Turkey’s stability for the Muslim world. “If Turkey is weakened, Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria and Iraq will all lose hope,” he said.
Erdogan’s rhetoric is flowing. Hurriyet reported that the Turkish Football Federation asked all clubs in the Super League, 1st League, 2nd League and 3rd League to open banners from Jerusalem on the field before the start of the season. their matches this week.