On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the latter responded quickly.
Erdogan said that Netanyahu is “no different from Adolf Hitler,” and likened the attacks launched by Israel on the Gaza Strip to “the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews.”
During an event in Ankara, Erdogan repeated his criticism of the West’s support for Israel, adding that Turkey is ready to welcome academics and scholars who are suffering persecution because of their views on the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
On the other hand, Netanyahu responded in a tweet on the “X” website that Erdogan, who “commits genocide against the Kurds and imprisons journalists, is the last person to talk to us about morality.”
Erdogan, who commits genocide against the Kurds, who holds a world record for imprisoning journalists who oppose his rule, is the last one who can preach morality to us.
The IDF is the most moral army in the world that fights and destroys the most abhorrent and cruel terrorist organization in the world, Hamas ISIS, which committed crimes against humanity and which Erdogan praises and hosts his senior officials.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 27, 2023
For months, Israel has been waging a massive military campaign in the Gaza Strip, in response to the Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7.
More than 20,000 people were killed in Israeli military operations in Gaza, most of them civilians, according to health authorities in the Strip.
The attack by Hamas militants on October 7 resulted in the killing of about 1,200 people in Israel, most of them civilians, and the kidnapping of dozens of people as hostages, including women and children.
After the outbreak of the war, Erdogan increased his criticism directed at Israel, and reiterated the idea that “Hamas is not a terrorist organization,” and previously announced in a speech that his country “is preparing for Israel to declare to the world that it is a war criminal.”
Immediately following that speech, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen announced that he “ordered the return of diplomatic representatives from Turkey in order to re-evaluate relations,” “in view of the dangerous statements issued by Turkey.”
Turkey announced that it would recall its ambassador to Israel for consultations, but said that it would not completely sever diplomatic relations with Israel.