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After Erdogan Slams Israeli ‘Nation-State’ Law, Netanyahu Says Turkish Leader Turning Country Into ‘Dark Dictatorship’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a crowd in Istanbul, May 18, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Murad Sezer.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vehemently condemned on Tuesday the “nation-state” law that was approved by Israel’s Knesset last week.

Speaking to members of his ruling AK Party, Erdogan claimed the law showed Israel was “the most Zionist, fascist and racist country in the world,” and called on the international community to mobilize against the Jewish state.

“The Jewish nation-state law passed in the Israeli parliament shows this country’s real intentions,” Erdogan charged. “It legitimizes all unlawful actions and oppression.”

“There is no difference between Hitler’s Aryan race obsession and Israel‘s mentality,” he continued. “Hitler’s spirit has re-emerged among administrators in Israel.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by saying that under Erdogan, Turkey was turning into a “dark dictatorship,” accusing the Turkish president of “massacring Syrians and Kurds.”

“The fact that the great ‘democrator’ Erdogan is attacking the ‘nation-state’ law is the greatest compliment for this law,” Netanyahu stated.

The “nation-state” law passed through parliament last Thursday after months of political argument.

“This is a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said of the law.

Turkey and Israel, former allies, expelled each other’s top diplomats in May during a row over riots on the Gaza border in which in which dozens of Palestinians were killed. However, the two sides continue to trade with one another.

The two countries have long been at loggerheads over Israel‘s policies toward the Palestinians and Jerusalem’s status. Erdogan has called for a summit of Muslim leaders twice in the past six months after US President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital.

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