Turkish President Erdogan calls Israel a terrorist sate and threatens to cut diplomatic ties
Dec 11, 2017 World 2550 By Jason Ade
- Turkish President Erdogan calls Israel a terrorist sate and threatens to cut diplomatic ties.
- Says that the status of Jerusalem is a red line.
- PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu blasts Turkey with other accusations.
Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Israel over the recent declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump to officially recognise Jerusalem as
the capital of Israel and move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the controversial city.
Erdogan further declared the the U.S. pronouncement is null and void, calling Israel a terrorist state and further threatening to cut diplomatic ties with them.
Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Sivas, Erdogan said "Palestine has been under occupation since 1947," adding: "Israel is an occupying state, a terrorist state."
Erdogan has also threatened that Turkey will cut diplomatic ties with Israel as they consider the status of Jerusalem a "red line".
Responding to Erdogan's criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Turkish leader shouldn't "preach to us".
"He bombs Kurdish villages in Turkey, imprisons journalists … and helps terrorists attack innocents in Gaza and other places," he said.
Netanyahu, speaking in Paris on Sunday alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, told reporters: "[Jerusalem] has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years, [and] it's been the capital of the Jewish state for 70 years."