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Netanyahu attacks Turkish President Erdogan over Hitler comparison

Top line

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of genocide in a tweet on Wednesday, a message posted in response to Erdogan’s public remarks in which he said Netanyahu was no different from Adolf Hitler and was doing a reference to the country’s resulting war against Hamas. in the deaths of thousands of Gazans.

Highlights

Erdogan, who was speaking at a science awards ceremony in Ankara on Wednesday, said Netanyahu’s role in the war between Israel and Hamas was comparable to that of Hitler, the infamous Nazi dictator who orchestrated genocide against millions of Jews in the 1940s.

Erdogan said Israel had killed more than 20,000 Gaza residents, a number reported by the Hamas-run Health Ministry, and claimed Netanyahu was richer than Hitler, citing the support Israel receives from United States, Israel’s long-time ally which has provided the country worth $320 million. weapons and is preparing to approve a $14.3 billion aid program for this purpose.

Netanyahu responded in a post on , many of them civilians. , according to Reuters.

Netanyahu also accused Erdogan of holding “the world record for imprisoning journalists opposed to his regime” and said the Israeli army was “the most moral army in the world.”

Large number

2 millions. This is the number of Gazans displaced by the Israel-Hamas conflict, according to UN estimates.

Key context

Trade relations between Turkey and Israel have continued despite Erdogan’s criticism of the country, according to Reuters, which reports that trade between the two countries has plummeted since October 7, when Hamas launched an attack against Israel which killed around 1,200 Israelis. Israel announced in late October that it was recalling Turkish diplomats following Erdogan’s comments in which he said he was preparing to label Israel a “war criminal” over its attacks in the Gaza Strip, reported the Associated Press. Turkey recalled Israeli Ambassador Sakir Ozkan Torunlar last month due to the continuing conflict, making Ozkan one of several international ambassadors to do so.

Further reading

UN Security Council passes resolution calling for aid to Gaza – avoiding US veto (Forbes)

Erdogan says Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is no different from Hitler (Reuters)

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