Turkish aide slams Netanyahu on remarks in opposition to Erdogan


A senior aide to the Turkish president lashed out Wednesday at remarks by Israel’s prime minister targeting the Turkish leader.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Benjamin Netanyahu attacked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “for exposing the Israeli leader’s racist remarks towards Arabs and Muslims”.

“The apartheid state he leads occupies Palestinian lands, kills women, children, and imprisons Palestinians in their own land,” Kalin said on Twitter.

“Lies and pressure will not hide your crimes,” Kalin said.

On Tuesday, Kalin condemned Netanyahu’s affirmation of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

“I strongly condemn this blatant racism and discrimination. 1.6 million Arabs/Muslims live in Israel. Will the Western governments react or keep silent under pressure again?” Kalin said on Twitter.

On March 12, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is “a nation state not of all its citizens but only of the Jewish people”.

Writing by Zehra Nur Düz