Turkey Denounces ‘Irresponsible’ Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaking at a press conference last week. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Turkey on Sunday branded Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “irresponsible” for saying he would annex Israeli blocs in Yehudah and Shomron if he wins Tuesday’s election.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asserted the region was Palestinian territory and Israel’s occupation violated international law.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s irresponsible statement to seek votes just before the Israeli general elections cannot and will not change this fact,” Cavusoglu tweeted.

Palestinian leaders reacted angrily, blaming what they said was a failure by world powers to stand up for international law.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman echoed those charges on Sunday. “Will Western democracies react or will they keep appeasing? Shame on them all!” Ibrahim Kalin tweeted.