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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 09:44 IST

Turkish President Erdogan calls Netanyahu 'worse than Hitler', Israeli premier hits back

Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called him worse than Hitler.

Reported by: Bhagyasree Sengupta
Israel
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. | Image:AP
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Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called him worse than draconian Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The proclamation from the Trukish leader came during his address at an event in Ankara on Wednesday, The Times of Israel reported. In his provocative speech at an award ceremony in the Turkish capital, Erdogan noted that the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust was not as bad as Israel’s atrocities in Gaza. He even mentioned that the Israeli premier is more wealthy than the Nazi dictator. 

“We’ve seen the Nazi camps of Israel. How does this happen? They used to talk about Hitler, but how are you any different than Hitler?” he asked of Israel, The Times of Israel reported. “This is even worse than Hitler. What Netanyahu is doing is no less than what Hitler did," he added. The Turkish leader went on to slam the West for supporting Israel in committing these atrocities. “He is richer than Hitler. He takes support from the West, he receives all kinds of support from the US, and with all that support, 20,000 Gazans have been killed," the Turkish president exclaimed. 

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Netanyahu hits back

Responding to Erdogan's outrageous comments, the Israeli premier noted that Turkey should not “lecture” Israel about morality. “Erdogan, who commits genocide against the Kurds, who holds a world record for imprisoning journalists who oppose his rule, is the last one who can preach morality to us,” Netanyahu wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. The Israeli Prime Minister went on to boast about the Israel Defence Force's (IDF) might and morality. “The IDF is the most moral army in the world, which fights against and eliminates the most abhorrent and cruel terror organization in the world: Hamas-ISIS, which has committed crimes against humanity and which Erdogan praises and hosts," Netanyahu furthered. 

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Both Erdogan and Netanyahu have a long history of unleashing public attacks against each other. However, these attacks were halted last year or two as  Jerusalem and Ankara rekindled their relationship, but the détente has seemingly fallen apart over the Israel-Hamas war, The Times of Israel reported. Shortly after the war commenced, Erdogan accused Israel of committing war crimes. As a result of this, Israel recalled its diplomats from Turkey and Ankara did the same in a tit-for-tat move. Not only this, Turkey's strong relationship with Hamas remains a major sore point with Erdogan allowing the terror group to continue to operate from an office in Istanbul.  

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 09:44 IST

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