Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, November 29, branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "the butcher of Gaza" and accused him of spawning anti-Semitism across the world, Le Monde
Erdogan has lashed out repeatedly at Israel for the scale of death and destruction caused by its response to Hamas militants' unprecedented October 7 cross-border attack. He has branded Israel a "terrorist state" and called Hamas "a liberation group".
Erdogan redoubled those attacks during an appearance before his Islamic-rooted ruling party members in parliament. "Netanyahu has already written his name in history as the butcher of Gaza," Erdogan said in nationally televised remarks. "Netanyahu is endangering the security of all Jews in the world by supporting anti-Semitism with the murders he committed in Gaza."
Erdogan's sharp rhetoric has threatened to rupture Turkey's budding relations with Israel. The two sides last year reappointed ambassadors following a decade-long rupture in ties. They had also been discussing developing closer trade relations and working on new energy projects that could have helped build longer-term trust.