Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s senior diplomats on Tuesday in a dispute over the elimination by Israeli forces of 60 Muslim terrorists a day earlier during violent riots and infiltration attempts on the Gaza border.
Turkey told Israel’s ambassador to leave the country on Tuesday after Israeli forces eliminated 60 terrorists during armed riots on the Gaza border.
Turkey has been one of the most vocal critics of Israel’s response to the Gaza terrorists and of the U.S. Embassy move, recalling its ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Washington and calling for an emergency meeting of Islamic nations on Friday.
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in London, calling Israel a “terror state.” He added that the attack against Gaza demonstrators “exposes Israel’s true face, committing genocide in Gaza.” In light of the events, Ankara called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The two leaders proceeded to trade barbs on Twitter. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Erdogan saying: “Erdogan is among Hamas’s biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understand
Erdogan tweeted in response: “Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenseless people’s lands for 60+ yrs in violation of UN resolutions. He has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey. Want a lesson in humanity? Read the 10 commandment.”
Netanyahu responded: “A man who sends thousands of Turkish soldiers to occupy northern Cyprus and invades Syria, will not preach to us when we defend ourselves from an attempted invasion by Hamas. A man whose hands are stained with the blood of countless Kurdish citizens in Turkey and Syria is the last one to preach to us about combat ethics.”
A senior official said that there is no need to be surprised regarding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassadors from South Africa and Turkey as “Erdogan and the ANC are Hamas’s best friends in the world today.”
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said: “Erdogan, the big instigator, a man of the Muslim Brotherhood and a partner of Hamas and Iran–the largest terror sponsor in the world–is recalling his ambassador from Israel. There is no limit to hypocrisy. Israel will continue to defend its borders from Hamas terrorists and the Jihad trying to harm our citizens.”