The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, today accused the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of "using state terrorism" against the Palestinians, in a new scuffle between the two presidents.
"Netanyahu, you use state terrorism," Erdogan said during a rally in Istanbul, broadcast live on NTV, responding to a recent Twitter message from the Israeli politician, in which he accused Erdogan of "massacring the Kurds "and" to occupy the north of Cyprus "(in reference to the North Republic of Cyprus, only recognized by Ankara).
"Today the prime minister of Israel has attacked us with slanders, with infamous declarations, because he is worried that we are positioned against the oppression of the Palestinians," Erdogan said.
"Netanyahu accuses us of occupying Cyprus, it was a lapse, he meant that he occupies Palestine," the head of state quipped.
"Netanyahu, you are knocking on the wrong door, you are the voice of the oppressors, Erdogan is the voice of the oppressed," the Turkish president riveted.
"By not accounting for his own sins, his crimes against humanity, his massacres and destructions, he has no right to accuse anyone," he added.
Shortly before midnight, Netanyahu had written on Twitter: "Erdogan, the occupier of North Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey, should not preach to Israel."
This tweet was, in turn, a response to a speech by Erdogan, delivered on Friday before the assembly of a foundation for youth, where the Turkish leader praised his followers for being "magnanimous Muslims" and "not to hit those who are lying on the ground, as do the Jews of Israel. "
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu also responded to Netanyahu on Twitter today, accusing him of being "a cold-blooded assassin of modern times, responsible for the massacre of thousands of innocent Palestinians, and of bombing children on beaches. "