TEL AVIV—Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hateful and incitement filled words against Israel is reminiscent of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Liberman, who currently the head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee spurned the restraint demonstrated by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry toward Erdogan’s charge Tuesday that Israel was behind the downfall of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
“Everyone who heard Erdogan’s words full of hate and incitement understand without a doubt that we are talking about the successor to Goebbels” the Dreyfus trial, and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, he said as reported by JPost.
Liberman, who opposed any type of apology to Turkey over the 2010 Mavi Marmara affair, said that those who “attacked” him and his party for that position should “draw the conclusions and do some soul searching.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized to Erdgoan in March – at US President Barack Obama’s behest – for operational errors that may have led to loss of life on the ship that tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza in 2010.
Erdogan, speaking at a meeting of his AK Party in Ankara on Tuesday referred to the developments in Egypt and said, “Who is behind [Morsi’s ouster]? There is Israel. We have [a] document in our hands.”
The document, it emerged, was a video of a discussion held at Tel Aviv
University on the Arab Spring in June 2011 between Tzipi Livni, then the head of the opposition and today the Justice Minister, and French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy.
Lévy, during the symposium, said, “If the Muslim Brotherhood arrives in Egypt, I will not say democracy wants it, so let democracy progress. Of course not. Democracy, again, is not only elections, it is also values.”