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Netanyahu: Erdogan ‘bombs Kurdish villages,’ cannot lecture Israel

By Rudaw 10/12/2017
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying he will not be lectured by a man who bombs Kurdish villages after the Turkish president called Israel a “terrorist state.”

“I’m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey,” Netanyahu said on Sunday in a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. 

Erdogan “helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people,” Netanyahu went on. “That is not the man who will lecture us.”

Netanyahu was reacting to comments made earlier in the day by Erdogan.

“Palestine has been under occupation since 1947,” the Turkish leader said at a meeting of his party, Anadolu Agency reported. “Israel is an occupying state, a terrorist state.”

Erdogan has been fiercely critical of US President Donald Trump’s recent controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He called an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for Wednesday in Istanbul. 

A Turkish presidential spokesperson brushed off Netanyahu’s remarks, saying “Instead of attacking our country and our leader, the Israeli authorities should end the occupation of Palestinian territories.”

Turkey has been waging a decades-long war with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting for greater cultural and national rights for millions of Kurds in Turkey. 

Netanyahu, on Sunday, invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to peace talks. “Here is my offer: to sit down to negotiate peace. I repeatedly invited President Abbas, and I do it here again, in the Elysee. That’s a gesture of peace. Nothing could be simpler.”

Abbas has refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he will visit the Middle East this month. 

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said they are seeking a “new mediator from our Arab brothers and the international community, a mediator who can help with reaching a two-state solution.”

Updated at 10:33 pm


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David Levi | 10/12/2017
Trump did mistake when he choose not to help you and let the Nazis from Iran take over the middle east, We, in Israel, are only 7 million Jews in Israel (14 million around the world), we cant do a lot alone. I hope that in the next war (it will be in the next mounths, even weeks) we will hit the shi'a dogs in syria and in Lebanon. I serve in the Israeli army in the Infantry so I probably will be there when the war will start. I hope that God will let me kill as many Shiites as I can. Save my land from them and revenge about what they did you in Iraq. Always remeber, you are not alone. Now the Hezbollah and the others shia's organizations look strong. After we will kill tens of thousands of them they will look completely different.
Alan Saeed | 10/12/2017
The audacity of Erdogan! How can he talk about occupied land when all of Turkey is Greek, Kurdish and Armenian land occupied by Turks?! Israel is the land of the Jewish people and Jerusalem has always been their religious, cultural and political capital from a time when London was only a marsh, as Weismann said to the British!
The Kurdish State | 10/12/2017
The day the Kurds have defeated the Islamist State they were let down by America which has enabled Iraq to invade Kurdish lands. Israel has declared its moral support for Kurdish independence but it has not made the necessary material or diplomatic efforts .It happens now that Trump is litteraly cornered and America has lost Iraq to Iran, it has lost Syria to Russia and Iran . Furthermore Iran is now bordering Israel endangering its security. Most dangerously Russia has neutralized the Israeli air superiority which is a very dangerous development for Israel. During the whole Syrian and Iraqui civil war Israel was silent and inactive .It was asleep, it did nothing to break the structure of the states of Syria and Iraq by supporting the Kurdish bid for statehood which would be the only friendly country it has in the region.In light of the latest developments it seems that the U.S. is in trouble as it is being evicted from Irag and is being replaced by Iran. Israel is dangerously under the reach of Iran. Both America and Israel have neglected the Kurdish factor , and they are paying now for their mistake.
rastgo | 10/12/2017
I always say that Israel is not only an undaunted state, but can help Kurds to make their truly sacred goal of establishing a Kurdish state possible. If the Kurds do not act in this way and are not constantly advised by Israel officially and unofficially, they will, as always, be the losers. This fact must always be remembered by the Kurdish politicians and leaders when they truly stand up for Kurds and their legitimate rights.
rastgo | 11/12/2017
Compare the situation of the Kurds in northern Kurdistan, where more than 70% are linguisically assimilated and the Palestinians in Palestine and Israel. The Kurds are not even allowed to found their own political parties in Turkey. Only a few decades ago there was a ban on Kurds. There is no Kurd who is officially committed to Kurdish, and a state office, even if it has only held as a civil servant.In fact, there is virtually no doubt that Turkey is purely racist with regard to Kurds.If the Kurds were to have their own flag even on another planet, Turkey would immediately do anything to bomb it. And this Turkey speaks of the brotherhood between Turks and Kurds.
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