Netanyahu Blasts Erdogan for ‘Shameful Remarks’ Claiming He Should Not Have Attended Paris Rally
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday after the latter criticized Netanyahu for attending a solidarity rally in France following the Paris terrorist attacks.
“I’ve yet to hear any world leader condemn the comments by @RT_Erdogan who said Israel should not have been represented in the march in Paris,” Netanyahu posted on Twitter. “His shameful remarks must be repudiated by the international community. War against terror will only succeed if it’s guided by moral clarity.”
Erdogan on Monday vilified Netanyahu and claimed the Israeli prime minster had no right to attend Sunday’s solidarity march in France in memory of those killed at the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the HyperCacher kosher supermarket terror attacks. As The Algemeiner reported earlier this week, he made the comments during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ankara.
“How can a man who has killed 2,500 people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he go there?” Erdoğan said.
Netanyahu stood front and center at the unity rally in Paris and walked beside other world leaders, including Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU President Donald Tusk and Abbas. Erdoğan did not attend the Sunday march, though Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu participated.