Erdogan Compares Jewish Home MK to Hitler
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who launched yet another verbal tirade against Israel on Tuesday, singled out Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked for criticism.
In his speech before members of his AKP party, Erdogan said that Shaked's mindset was no different than that of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
"An Israeli woman said Palestinian mothers should be killed, too. And she's a member of the Israeli parliament. What is the difference between this mentality and Hitler's?" he was quoted by local media as having said.
"If these words had been said by a Palestinian, the whole world would have denounced it," added Erdogan.
It was unclear exactly which statement by Shaked raised Erdogan’s ire, but speculation was that he was irked by a Facebook post written by Shaked and which said, "Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started it."
Shaked dismissed Erdogan’s accusations and, in a reference to Turkey being a popular attraction for Israelis, said in response, “No more all-inclusive vacations.”
Erdogan has become increasingly more vocal over Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, and threatened to end the normalization process with Israel.
Erdogan also accused Israel of "lies" because "not enough" Israeli Jews have died in the conflict.