Erdoğan calls Netanyahu a tyrant who massacred Palestinian babies

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan / AFP PHOTO / RONEN ZVULUN AND OZAN KOSE

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday accused Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being a “tyrant” who “massacred” Palestinian babies, in the latest exchange between the two leaders, AFP reported.

“Hey Netanyahu, behave yourself. You are a tyrant, you are a tyrant who massacred 7-year-old Palestinian children,” Erdoğan told a rally in response to the Israeli leader branding him a “dictator.”

Turkey and Israel have tense relations, and Erdoğan, who sees himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies.

Erdoğan’s remarks came after unrest near the Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, on Tuesday.

Palestinians threw a fire bomb at an Israeli police post at a site revered by Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem, and Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including one troops said attacked them with a knife, Euronews reported.

Netanyahu’s office responded to Erdoğan with a statement.

“Turkey’s dictator Erdogan attacks Israel’s democracy while Turkish journalists and judges fill his prisons,” it read. “What a joke!”

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