We'll take no lessons from country that occupies Cyprus, Netanyahu tells Erdogan

by Abel Hampton May 17, 2018, 1:17
We'll take no lessons from country that occupies Cyprus, Netanyahu tells Erdogan

The ministry said in a written statement that it expressed discomfort to Deniz over alleged mistreatment during the departure from Turkey of Eitan Naehe, Israel's ambassador to Ankara.

Accompanied by a personal security guard and some consulate officers, Naeh left for Tel Aviv from Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport at 11.30 a.m. (0830GMT) Wednesday on a Turkish Airlines charter plane.

Turkey told Israel's ambassador to leave the country after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday that a planned summit this week of the worlds main pan-Islamic body would send a "strong message" after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza border.

The two leaders called for an emergency Islamic summit to discuss the USA embassy relocation to Jerusalem, which undermines future opportunities for any peaceful settlement, and the repercussions of Israel's violence in occupied Palestine, Qatar-based English newspaper Gulf Times said.

The Turkish leader has engaged in intense telephone diplomacy to drum up support for the summit, speaking to leaders including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Saudi King Salman, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah.

Mr Erdogan has called an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday to discuss the Gaza violence. We are talking about. those who have been caught red-handed bearing weapons, those who have been killing people.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier said Turkey is calling on Muslim countries to reconsider relations with Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan, with a tweeted jibe in Hebrew that as a leading supporter of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas "there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter".

Erdogan tweeted back that Netanyahu was the leader of "an apartheid state that has occupied a defenseless people's lands for 60+ years in violation of United Nations resolutions", adding that he was criticising Turkey to deflect attention.

Meanwhile Netanyahu's son Yair posted on his personal Instagram account the slogan "Fuck Turkey" with the letter "c" turned into the crescent on the Turkish flag, Israeli media including Haaretz reported.

The tragic scenes overshadowed Mrs May's meeting at 10 Downing Street with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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