Erdogan blasts Netanyahu for attending Paris rally

Erdogan blasts Netanyahu for attending Paris rally

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:07 am


From left : European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with other officials and heads of government take part in the March of Millions in Paris

From left : European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with other officials and heads of government take part in the March of Millions in Paris

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday blasted Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for “daring” to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris, accusing him of leading “state terrorism” against the Palestinians.

The comments, at a press conference in Ankara with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, were the latest verbal assault against Netanyahu by Erdogan under whose rule Turkey’s relations with Israel have steadily deteriorated.

He said he could “hardly understand how he (Netanyahu) dared to go” to Sunday’s massive march in the French capital and urged him to “give an account for the children, women you massacred.”

Abbas and Netanyahu, as well as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, joined the solidarity march in Paris in the memory of 17 people killed in Islamist terror attacks last week.

But Erdogan said Netanyahu had no right to be there after nearly 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed in Israel’s onslaught on Hamas-controlled Gaza earlier this year.

“How can you see this individual, who carries out state terrorism by massacring 2,500 people in Gaza, waving his hand?” said Erdogan.

“He is waving his hand as if people are very enthusiastically waiting for him,” added Erdogan, referring to the images of Netanyahu acknowledging supporters in Paris.

The Turkish president is known for his angry outbursts at the Jewish state, declaring in July that Israel had “surpassed Hitler in barbarism”.

In 2009, Erdogan walked off the stage at the World Economic Forum after an angry exchange with the the then Israeli president, Shimon Peres.

“Turkey will continue to fight… against Israel’s reckless actions that do not recognise law,” the Turkish president said.

The Paris rally, which drew 1.5 million preople, put Netanyahu and Abbas in the closest proximity for some time, with the Middle East peace talks deadlocked.

Abbas said on Monday he had participated in the rally at the invitation of French President Francois Hollande.

“I haven’t seen anyone trying to prevent me from doing so. I was welcomed very well,” he said.

“We have a strong relationship with France … I received an invitation from the president and participated.”

Israeli media reported earlier that France had asked Netanyahu to stay away from the march but he ignored the request and attended anyway.

The same message was conveyed to Abbas, Channel Two television and Israeli newspapers reported. But when Netanyahu rejected the appeals of the French government, Abbas was swiftly invited, they said.


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  • Marcus77 says:

    Murderer pushed hinself right on the front line when France told him not to come and after he came they put him in second row but he pushed himself to front , he is a murderer of children go google Gaza massacres and see the pictures of blown peaces mostly children their heads blown up

  • Marcus77 says:

    Israel can not fire him like they do American congress members ,

  • Kayseri Erciyesspor says:

    This war-criminal attention was to steal the entire intention of Paris rally, justice must prevail to stop the state of terror of Israel.

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