Turkey’s Erdogan is Anti-Semite, ‘Obsessed with Israel’
By Hana Levi Julian
December 23, 2018
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan engaged in another war of words this weekend. It isn’t
the first and probably won’t be the last, at least not as long as Erdogan
remains in a leadership role.
The spat as usual was started by Erdogan, who this time
told young Turks during a televised speech in Istanbul to the Turkey Youth
Foundation on Saturday, “The Jews in Israel kick people lying on the ground.
In fact, Jews don’t kick men but also women and children when they fall to the
ground. . .
“As Muslims, we deal with people directly, and if there
are people who are brave enough to provoke us, we will teach them a lesson.”
Erdogan also told those in the audience: “Don’t be like
A number of Turkish journalists later wrote on the Twitter
social networking site that some in the crowd urged Erdogan to bring about the
Muslim reconquest of Jerusalem. Erdogan’s response: “Soon, God willing.”
Netanyahu replied on Twitter later the same day: “Erdogan
– the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in
Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey – should not preach to Israel.”
Next was a comment by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt
Çavuşoğlu, calling Netanyahu a “cold-blooded killer of modern
times, responsible for massacres of thousands of innocent Palestinians, bombing
children on beaches. . . Turkey will never stop exposing the truth.”
On Sunday morning, Erdogan tweeted another tweak at
Israel’s prime minister: “You are an oppressor, cruel and the leader of a
Netanyahu’s response came in remarks on Sunday at an
event with Christian IDF soldiers: “We are proud of you; the entire nation is
proud of you. You belong to the most moral army on earth. Not everyone shares
this view. I was just exposed to the daily trolling of the anti-Semitic dictator
“He is obsessed with Israel. He knows what a moral army
is and he knows what a genuine democracy is, as opposed to an army that
massacres women and children in Kurdish villages and a state which, to my
regret, is becoming more dictatorial day by day.
“But there has been an improvement. Erdogan used to
attack me every two hours and now it is every six hours.”
Despite all the verbal sparring, Israel’s national
airline still purchases the water served with its pre-packaged meals for
passengers from Turkey, and numerous textiles, clothing items, housewares and
appliances are still sold in the Israeli marketplace.