Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party during a rally in Ankara, March 14, 2019. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici) AP/Burhan Ozbilici
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Top Israeli officials slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday for a series of comments he made smearing the Jewish state.

By Algemeiner Staff

A report from Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a delegation of American Muslims on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that “when we look at the Nazi murder of the Jews, we see the massacre in the Gaza Strip from the same perspective.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz hit back, tweeting, “There is no other way to interpret Erdogan’s crude and vile words — it is anti-Semitism, clear cut. This is proof that the responsibility of #HolocaustRemembrance is more relevant now than ever.”

And during a rambling speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in which he attacked Israel several times, Erdogan claimed, “This year, 490 children were killed and 3,000 injured as a direct target of the most modern and murderous weapons in the Gaza Strip of Palestine.”

“Children playing on the beaches, running around in parks, taking refuge in mosques and schools, curling up in their mothers’ bosom for safety, were mercilessly killed in front of cameras and before the eyes of the world,” he charged.

There were no major military operations in the Gaza Strip this year, making Erdogan’s numbers unlikely, and the IDF explicitly forbids deliberately targeting civilians.

Later on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a video blasting Erdogan.

“He who doesn’t stop lying about Israel, slaughters Kurds in his own country and denies the terrible slaughter of the Armenian people, shouldn’t preach to Israel,” Netanyahu said. “Erdogan, stop lying.”

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