‘Dictator’ v ‘tyrant’: Erdogan & Netanyahu trade insults in public spat over who is worse… again
The latest exchange of insults stems from comments by Benjamin Netanyahu, who attacked Israeli TV presenter Rotem Sela for calling on viewers to sympathize with Arab Israelis. The prime minister rebuffed the comments, saying that “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the Nation-State Law that we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and them alone.”Also on rt.com Wonder Woman v Bibi? Gal Gadot comes to rescue of TV host berated by Israeli PM
The apparently discriminatory remark made waves inside Israel and attracted some scalding rebukes, like those from Israeli Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot. A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to have a say too, condemning the “blatant racism and discrimination” on Twitter last Tuesday.
Netanyahu says that Israel is “a nation state not of all its citizens but only of the Jewish people”.— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) March 12, 2019
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?
Netanyahu fired back at Turkey and its leadership early on Wednesday. “Turkey’s dictator Erdogan attacks Israel’s democracy while Turkish journalists and judges fill his prisons. What a joke!”
Turkey’s dictator Erdogan attacks Israel’s democracy while Turkish journalists and judges fill his prisons. What a joke!— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) March 12, 2019
Erdogan’s spokesman responded by calling Israel an apartheid state on Wednesday. His boss also got personally involved in the spat, berating Netanyahu during a rally speech. “Hey Netanyahu, behave yourself. You are a tyrant, you are a tyrant who massacred seven-year-old Palestinian children,” Erdogan said.
After making racist remarks towards Arabs and Muslims, @netanyahu attacks President Erdoğan for exposing him. The apartheid state he leads occupies Palestinian lands, kills women & children & imprisons Palestinians in their own land. Lies and pressure will not hide your crimes.— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) March 12, 2019
#BREAKING Turkish President Erdogan calls Israeli PM Netanyahu ‘a tyrant massacring Palestinian children’— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) March 13, 2019
The two Middle-Eastern leaders have sparred verbally in pretty much the same manner on previous occasions. In December last year, Netanyahu called Erdogan the “occupier of northern Cyprus,” while the latter retaliated by calling his opponent “the head of state terror.”Also on rt.com ‘Head of state terror’ v ‘anti-Semitic dictator’: Netanyahu and Erdogan trade insults
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