Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist” following the deadly actions by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against protesters in Gaza.
Addressing his party’s congress in southern Turkey, Erdgogan slammed Netanyahu’s criticism of Turkey’s military operation in Syria.
“I do not need to tell the world how cruel the Israeli army is. We can see what this terror state is doing by looking at the situation in Gaza and Jerusalem,” the Daily Sabah quoted Erdogan as saying. “Israel has carried out a massacre in Gaza and Netanyahu is a terrorist. We will continue to expose Israeli terror all the time and on all platforms.”
Earlier this week, Netanyahu slammed comments by Erdogan’s spokesman on the March 30 deaths of protesters. The Israeli leadership describes its violent actions against Palestinians in Gaza as a self-defense.
Writing on Twitter, the Israeli prime minister described the IDF as “the most moral army in the world” and accused Turkish forces of bombing civilians in Syria.
17 people were killed and over 1,400 people were injured when the IDF opened fire on Palestinian protesters on the border between Gaza and Israel on March 30.