Turkey's Erdogan brands Netanyahu 'tyrant'
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday blasted Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu as a 'tyrant' who 'massacred' Palestinian children as the two officials exchanged insults in their latest spat.
Iran Press/Asia: Erdogan was responding to comments from Netanyahu earlier on Wednesday slamming the Turkish leader as a 'dictator' and 'a joke', after a day of tit-for-tat exchanges between officials in both countries.
"Hey Netanyahu, behave yourself. You are a tyrant, you are a tyrant who massacred seven-year-old Palestinian children," Erdogan told a rally of supporters in the Turkish capital Ankara, Washington Post reported.
Erdogan also referred to clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in the city of al-Quds, denouncing Israeli security forces for entering a 'holy place'.
The latest exchange came after Netanyahu had called Israel the nation-state of 'the Jewish people' only, not all its citizens. That prompted Turkey on Tuesday to accuse the Israeli leader of 'blatant racism'.
Less than a month before the 9 April election in which the prime minister hopes to win with the support of far-right politicians and voters, Netanyahu wrote on Instagram that: “Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people – and only it.”
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