Erdan: Erdogan an anti-Semite

Internal Security Minister says Israel not not have signed reconciliation deal with Turkey in light of Turkish president's anti-Semitism.

Gary Willig ,

Flash 90

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan fired back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the latter accused Israel of being a "terrorist country."

Minister Erdan told Army Radio that he regretted voting in favor of the reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey in 2016 which restored ties between the two countries. “Looking back, maybe the accord should not have been approved.”

Under the agreement, Israel provided monetary compensation to the families of the nine activists who were killed when they attacked IDF soldiers on the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010.

Erdan called Erdogan "an anti-Semite who continues to support Hamas.”

He added that Israel must stand up “to the hostility and anti-Semitism of Erdogan. It’s odd for a country such as Turkey, that is massacring the Kurds and occupying northern Cyprus, to be accepted as a legitimate nation by the West.”

According to Erdan, "it's possible Israel should have acted against Turkey in the international arena and recognized the Armenian genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire."

On Sunday, Erdogan gave a televised speech in southern Turkey, during which he denounced Israel for its response to a Hamas-led provocation on the Israel-Gaza border on Friday.

"Hey Netanyahu! You are occupier. And it is as an occupier that are you are on those lands. At the same time, you are a terrorist," Erdogan said in a televised speech in Adana, southern Turkey, AFP reported.

During his speech, Erdogan also dubbed Israel a “terror state."

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also drew attention to Turkey's human rights violations under Erdogan's rule in his response to the Turkish leader's comments.

'Erdogan is not used to having people talk back to him. But he should get used to it. Someone who occupies Northern Cyprus, invades Kurdish areas and massacres civilians in Afrin won’t lecture us about morals and values,” Netanyahu wrote on his Twitter account.