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  2/3/2013, Shevat 23, 5773

Erdoğan Accuses Israel of 'State Terrorism'


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel on Sunday of waging "state terrorism" as he condemned the air strike on Syria as an unacceptable violation of international law, according to Agence France Presse. Speaking to reporters after Defense Minister Ehud Barak implicitly confirmed Israeli airstrikes against a Syrian chemical weapons plant and a weapons convoy bound for southern Lebanon, Erdoğan said, "Those who have been treating Israel like a spoilt child should expect anything from them, at any time."

Erdoğan added, "As I say time and again, Israel has a mentality of waging state terrorism. Right now, there is no telling what it might do and where it might do it." In the wake of reports of Israeli jets flying over Lebanon, he said, "We cannot regard a violation of air space as acceptable. What Israel does is completely against international law... it is beyond condemnation." He continued, "I am worried that in a situation like this, any scenario can play out in the future," adding that Israel was using claims about weapons being moved into Lebanon to
justify its action as "an excuse."