ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against Israel, labeling it a “terrorist state”.
The Turkish leader, who has called a summit of Islamic countries in Istanbul pledged to do everything possible to reverse the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
He called the announcement “null”. “We won’t leave Jerusalem to the mercy of a child-murdering country,” Erdogan told a cheering crowd in central Turkey, accusing Israel of having no values other than “occupation and plunder.”
His speech came days after US President Donald Trump recognised Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, angering Palestinians and sparking protests in Muslim and Arab countries.
“I am not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terrorists including in Gaza, killing innocent people,” Netanyahu told in news conference.
He was there meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of talks with European foreign ministers in Brussels.