TEL AVIV—Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz hit back at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the latter accused Israel of attempting a “systematic genocide” of Palestinian Arabs in Gaza.
In a post on his Facebook page, Katz reminded Erodgan of the Armenian Genocide, when in 1915 more than a million Armenians were murdered by Ottoman troops, Israel National News reports.
“In 1915 the Turks massacred a million and a half Armenians and he accuses us, who are fighting his friends in the Islamic movement, of genocide? Who wants a relationship with such a person?” wrote Katz.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday launched a virulent attack against Israel over its actions in Gaza, comparing the mentality of some in the Jewish state to Adolf Hitler, Agence France-Presse reports.
Erdogan said, “We are witnessing this systematic genocide every Ramadan. The Western world remains silent; so does the Islamic world.”
Erdogan, who portrays himself as the global Muslim leader who speaks up for Palestinian rights, has intensified his rhetoric against Israel over its actions in Gaza, ahead of an August 10 presidential election in Turkey.
“(Israelis) have no conscience, no honour, no pride. They curse Hitler day and night, but they have surpassed Hitler in barbarism,” Erdogan told supporters at a campaign rally in the Black Sea city of Ordu.
He has accused the Jewish state of carrying out a “genocide” of Palestinians and has ruled out any improvement in troubled ties that soured after Israel’s 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship which killed ten Turks.