Israel Rejects Turkish Condemnation of Gaza Airstrikes

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel responded to Turkey’s condemnation of its retaliatory airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, saying that it will not remain silent in the face of unjustified criticism.

“Turkey would do well to think twice before criticizing military operations of other countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a curt reply.

Nahshon noted further that “the normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations. Israel will continue to defend its civilians from all rocket fire on our territory, in accordance with international law and our conscience.”

His comment about normalization mirrored that of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s on Sunday night when he said that normalization would never prevent Turkey from speaking out on behalf of the Palestinians. Yildirim said that Turkey does not accept or agree with Israeli strikes in Gaza.