Turkey has hit out at Israel’s lawless occupation of Palestinian territory after the Israeli prime minister accused Turkey of massacres against Kurds in a new war of words.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu labeled Benjamin Netanyahu a cold-blooded killer of modern times, in a Tweet on Sunday, adding that the prime minister was responsible for massacres of thousands of innocent Palestinians.
Relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense this year over multiple issues including a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament in July which defined the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Netanyahu said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should not preach to Israel after the Turkish leader warned young Turks on Saturday:
Netanyahu said Erdogan was the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey in a tweet late on Saturday.
Erdogan’s spokesperson and chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin lambasted Netanyahu, who he said should end the lawless occupation of Palestinian lands and the brutal oppression of Palestinian people instead of begging President Erdogan not to speak out the truth.
On December 14, Erdogan also said Palestinians were subjected to pressures, violence and intimidation policies no less grave than the oppression done to the Jews during the second world war, referring to the Holocaust.
Turkey-Israel ties have been strained since Ankara ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave Turkey in May over the killing of protesters along the separation fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinians, has bitterly criticized Israel previously, calling it in July the world’s most fascist and racist state.
Source: Palestine Chronicle