Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed his Turkish counterpart Monday evening for “scandalous” remarks during the United Nations General Assembly.
Netanyahu accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of outright incitement for statements made to CNN regarding the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews and accusing Israel of “killing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.”
Erdogan claimed in the broadcast interview Sunday, “They [Israel] say that Palestine is bombing and disturbing the people of Israel, and many Israelis have been killed. I would like to see accurate statistics of how many Israelis have been killed by the bombs thrown by Palestinians or with the rockets that were launched by them, 10, 20, 100, 200 … how many? Please document it. Let us know.
“But on the other hand,” he continued, “we know that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were killed. Only as a result of the Gaza attack, thousands of people were killed. These are very clear remarks. The Israeli people are only resorting back to the issue of genocide in history.”
Erdogan attacked Israel during his speech to the international body last Thursday as well, urging the United Nations to “act quickly and heal this wound.”
He advocated for agreeing to the demands of the Palestinian Authority to recognize it as a new country in all areas restored to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, including much of the Israeli capital – and including Judaism's holiest sites, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
The Israeli prime minister said bluntly that the incitement voiced by the Turkish prime minister was “mendacious and scandalous,” adding, “These are outrageous charges against Israel that have nothing to do with the facts.
“The Holocaust was the worst crime in history perpetrated against our people.” The prime minister added that “Israel has lost thousands of its citizens to Palestinian terrorism.”
Although Erdogan's ire began several years ago with Israel's counter terrorism mini-war against the Hamas rulers of Gaza, he recently downgraded the country's long-standing diplomatic ties with the Jewish State to their lowest level in decades.