Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday branded Israel the “most fascist, racist state” in the world after Israel’s Knesset passed a new law defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people.
“This measure has shown without leaving the slightest room for doubt that Israel is the world’s most Zionist, fascist and racist state,” Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party.
Erdogan also claimed there was “no difference between Hitler’s obsession with the Aryan race and Israel’s understanding that these ancient lands are meant only for Jews.”
“The spirit of Hitler, which led the world to a great catastrophe, has found its resurgence among some of Israel’s leaders,” he added.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly responded to Erdogan’s comments, saying Turkey is now living under a “dark dictatorship.”
“Erdogan is massacring Syrians and Kurds and has jailed tens of thousands of his citizens,” said Netanyahu. “The fact that the great ‘democrat’ Erdogan is attacking the nation-state Law is the greatest compliment for this law.
“Turkey, under Erdogan’s rule, is becoming a dark dictatorship, whereas Israel scrupulously maintains equal rights for all its citizens, both before and after the [nation-state] law.” he added.
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