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Netanyahu Slams Erdogan over Gaza 'Genocide' Remarks

 

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday for accusing Israel of "state terror" and "genocide" after troops killed dozens of Gazans in border clashes.
 
"Erdogan is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas, so there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter," Netanyahu said in a Hebrew-language Twitter post.
 
"I'd suggest he doesn't preach morality to us."
 
Erdogan, a staunch supporter of the Palestinians, called Israel a "terror state" and accused it of "genocide" on Monday after clashes erupted along Gaza's border as the U.S. opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem.
 
Most of the 60 Palestinians killed on Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza's health ministry has said, and include a baby who died from tear gas inhalation
 
Turkey announced three days of national mourning and recalled its ambassadors to Israel and the United States over the violence which took place as the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem.
 
Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and last year held a summit of Islamic countries to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
 
However Turkey also maintains full trade and diplomatic links with Israel after a 2016 reconciliation deal ended a dispute over the deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos.
 

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