Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an ‘anti-Semitic dictator’ in Tel Aviv on Sunday, as the two leaders’ verbal spat continued.
“I was just exposed to the daily trolling of the anti-Semitic dictator [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan. He has an obsession with Israel. He knows what a moral army is and he knows what true democracy is, as opposed to an army that slaughters women and children in Kurdish villages,” the Israeli leader said.
Netanyahu went on to say that Turkey is turning into a dictatorship “from day to day,” and quipped “but there is also improvement – Erdogan used to attack me every two hours and now it’s every six hours.”
The heated exchanges reportedly started on Saturday, when Erdogan levelled attacks at Israel while speaking at a youth conference in Ankara, saying Jews not only kicked men but also women and children.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin had also backed the Turkish leaders’ statements in tweets posted early Saturday, which prompted Netanyahu to respond.