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Erdogan: Israel has been 'occupying' the Palestinian people’s hundreds-of-years-old homeland

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said Sunday evening “we condemn in the strongest possible terms Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks targeting the Republic of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” a spokesperson said, adding that Israel, which

disregards international law, has "occupied" the Palestinian people’s hundreds-of-years-old homeland and systematically violates United Nations resolutions, must first account for its own actions.

 

The comments came after Netanyahu said earlier in France that Israel would "not take lectures" from Erdogan, who over the weekend issued a tirade against Israel, accusing it of being a "terrorist state that murders children."

 

“Mr. Erdogan has attacked Israel. You ask what is my response. I’m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza kill innocent peoplem” Netanyahu said.