Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan unleashed a venonous barrage against Israel on Tuesday, denouncing its new Nationality Law, which declares Israel the homeland of the Jewish people.
Erdogan said the law legitimizes oppression and shows that Israel is a fascist and racist country where the spirit of Adolf Hitler has re-emerged.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin 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 said in a statement released by his office.
Speaking to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament, Erdogan said the law showed Israel was “the most Zionist, fascist and racist country in the world,” and called on the international community to mobilize against Israel.
Also on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the law, saying it “complicates the peace process” and is liable to “increase regional tension,” according to the Russian Interfax agency.