Turkey’s president has slammed Israel for a controversial law passed last week in the Knesset defining Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people, Hebrew as the national language and Jerusalem as the capital.
Addressing lawmakers in Ankara Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel “the world’s most Zionist, fascist, racist state.”
He said “the soul of Hitler has risen again within some of Israel’s officials,” and that “there’s no difference between Hitler’s obsession with a pure race and the understanding that these ancient lands are just for the Jews.”
Erdogan warned the move would lead the region and the world to “blood, fire and pain” and promised to stand with Palestinians. He also called on the international community to stand against Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick to respond, stating, “Erdogan is massacring Syrians and Kurds and has jailed tens of thousands of his citizens. The fact that the great ‘democrator’ Erdogan is attacking the Nation-State Law is the greatest compliment for this law.
“Turkey, under Erdogan’s rule, is becoming a dark dictatorship whereas Israel scrupulously maintains equal rights for all its citizens, both before and after the law.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)