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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a hypocrite, after the Turkish leader accused Israel of not respecting the right of worship in the al-Aqsa mosque.
“It would be interesting to see what Erdogan would say to the residents of northern Cyprus or to the Kurds. Erdogan is the last person who can preach to Israel,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said referring to the oppression of Kurds in Turkey, who are longing for self-rule in the southeast of Turkey.
Also, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon condemned the comments by the Turkish leader.
“The statement today by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to his party activists is absurd, unfounded and distorted. He would be better off dealing with the difficult problems facing his own country,” he said.
“The days of the Ottoman Empire have passed. Jerusalem was, is, and will always be the capital of the Jewish people. In stark contrast to the past, the government in Jerusalem is committed to security, liberty, freedom of worship and respect for the rights of all minorities,” he added.
“Those who live in glass palaces should be wary of casting stones,” he concluded.
Erdoğan in a speech in the Turkish parliament called on Muslims to ‘protect al Aqsa’ and reiterated Turkey’s support for a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
“Those who are able to should visit al-Aqsa Mosque. Those who cannot visit al-Aqsa should send aid to our brothers there,” he said.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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