The verbal feud between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated on Sunday after the Turkish leader accused Netanyahu of committing “state terror” during a speech in Ankara.
“You kick women, children; you kick babies and drag them away with your soldiers and your police,” said Erdogan in response to the Israeli Prime Minister, who had called Erdogan ‘the occupier of Northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey’ in a tweet earlier on Saturday.
“Netanyahu you are an oppressor, a tyrant,” he added.
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.