Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that his country would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood”.
Meanwhile, a Jewish American group is asking Erdogan to return an award it gave him in 2004, accusing the Turkish leader of “dangerous rhetoric” and “inciting violence against the Jewish people.”
Turkey, a member of the US-led NATO military alliance, was once Israel’s closest regional ally but has become one of its most vitriolic critics, with Erdogan last weekend accusing it of “surpassing Hitler in barbarism” with its Gaza offensive.
“If Israel continues with this attitude, it will definitely be tried at international courts,” Erdogan, who is campaigning for a presidential election on Aug. 10, told a rally of supporters in the southern port city of Mersin.
“We will see this happen and Turkey will struggle for this,” he told the cheering crowd.
In an open letter to Erdogan Thursday, Jack Rosen, the president of the Jewish American Congress, said Erdogan had become “arguably the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world.”
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