The President of Turkey has said he could not decide whether the Holocaust or Israeli military offensives in Gaza were “more barbarous” in an interview on Israeli television, THE INDEPENDENT reports.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was conducting his first interview with the Israeli press in more than 10 years this week when he was questioned about accusing the country’s government of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” in 2014.
He was unapologetic for the remarks, which provoked outrage in Israel during international tension over Operation Protective Edge, the offensive against Hamas militants that left more than 2,200 Palestinians – mostly civilians – dead.
“I don’t approve of what Hitler did, and neither do I approve of what Israel has done,” Mr Erdogan said, according to a translation by AFP.
“When it’s a question of so many people dying, it’s inappropriate to ask who was the more barbarous.”
The Times of Israel reported a slightly different translation from the remarks in Turkish, quoting Mr Erdogan saying: “There’s no place for comparison in order to say what’s more barbaric.” THE INDEPENDENT