Netanyahu Slams Erdogan as ‘One of Hamas’ Biggest Supporters’

Netanyahu Slams Erdogan as ‘One of Hamas’ Biggest Supporters’
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On Monday, Ankara recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Israel after more than 50 civilians were killed in Monday’s clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “one of the biggest supporters of Hamas,” which “certainly understands what terrorism and slaughter are.”

“I advise Erdogan against teaching us morality,” Netanyahu’s press service said. 

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The statement came shortly after Erdogan said that Ankara had decided to withdraw its ambassadors in Washington and Tel Aviv in connection with Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip where at least 59 Palestinian were earlier killed in clashes with the Israeli forces.

“Turkey will react to this harshly. We have withdrawn our ambassadors from Washington and Tel Aviv for consultations […]. We also propose to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. We will hold talks with many leaders and we are declaring a three-day national mourning starting tomorrow,” Erdogan said.

He also called Israel a “terrorist state,” describing its actions against the Palestinians as genocide.

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He was echoed by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim who called on Muslim countries to reconsider their ties with Israel in the wake of the violence in Gaza.

The developments come amid a ceremony to open the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, which was initially announced in December and caused mass protests and condemnation in Muslim countries, as well as criticism by the states backing the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.