ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was no different from Adolf Hitler and likened Israel’s attacks on Gaza to the treatment of Jewish people by the Nazis.

NATO member Turkiye, which supports a two-state solution, has criticised Israel’s air and ground assault on Gaza, called it a “terror state” and said its leaders must be tried in international courts.

Sharpening his rhetoric, Erdogan said Turkiye would welcome academics and scientists facing persecution for their views on the conflict in Gaza, adding Western countries supporting Israel were complicit in what he called war crimes.

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“They used to speak ill of Hitler. What difference do you have from Hitler? They are going to make us miss Hitler. Is what this Netanyahu is doing any less than what Hitler did? It is not,” Erdogan said.

“He is richer than Hitler, he gets the support from the West. All sorts of support comes from the United States. And what did they do with all this support? They killed more than 20,000 Gazans,” he said.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Despite the criticism, Turkiyehas maintained commercial ties with Israel, drawing backlash from opposition parties and Iran. Ankara says trade with Israel has fallen sharply since Oct. 7.

Unlike its Western allies and some Arab nations, Turkiyedoes not view Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

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Adi Dec 27, 2023 08:45pm
And yet he has no problem facilitating oil transport to Israel. Amazing.
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Az_Iz Dec 27, 2023 09:37pm
@Adi , EU wants sanctions on Russia, but has and still continues to import energy, directly and indirectly from Russia.
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Az_Iz Dec 27, 2023 09:41pm
Totally agree. Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Israel is carrying out genocide in Gaza, having killed more than 20,000 civilians, most of them women and children, and destroying large parts of civilian infrastructure, to make inhabitation extremely difficult. What it is doing is pure evil. It is doing this with weapons , money, and all sorts of support from the champions of human rights
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Taimoor Ashraf Dec 28, 2023 11:04am
Erdogan is all talk. His country continues to do business with Israel and maintains diplomatic relations with it. If he truly cared for Muslims, Turkey wouldn't be bombing Kurdish civilians. Imran Khan (IK) and Dr. Mahathir are the only two who can effectively present the Palestinian case on the world stage. However, both have been systematically removed from power.
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