Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an “anti-Semitic bully.”
Earlier this week,Â Erdogan–who is a strong supporter of the Palestinian terror group Hamas–slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for attending Sunday’s mass anti-terrorism rally in Paris,Â accusing NetanyahuÂ of carrying out “state terrorism” during this summer’s Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
In addition, a member of ErdoÄŸan’s ruling Justice and Development Party,Â Ibrahim Melih GÃ¶kÃ§ek,Â told a gathering of youthsÂ on Sunday that because Israel is angry with France for supporting a recent Palestinian statehood resolution at the United Nations, it isÂ “certain”Â that Israel’s Mossad spy agencyÂ is behind the recent Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris.
“[The]Â Mossad inflames Islamophobia by causing such incidents,”Â GÃ¶kÃ§ek said, the Turkish newspaper Zaman reported.
RespondingÂ to Turkey’s rhetoric inÂ an address toÂ IsraeliÂ ambassadorsÂ on Wednesday, Lieberman saidÂ that “civilized, politically correct Europe’s silence over an anti-SemiticÂ neighborhood bully like Erdogan and his gang takes us back to the 1930s.”
Netanyahu said that “[Erdogan’s]Â shameful remarks must be repudiated by the international community, because the war against terror will only succeed if it’s guided by moral clarity,” Reuters reported.
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