First Published: 2004-06-03

 
Erdogan blasts Israel's right-wing government
 

Turkish PM accuses Israel of indiscriminate killing of Palestinians, describes operations in Rafah 'state terror'.

 

Middle East Online

Erdogan compared Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians to Spanish inquisition

JERUSALEM - Israel is killing innocent Palestinians indiscriminately and failing to contribute to the peace process, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview published Thursday.

In his latest broadside at his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon, Erdogan also compared the treatment of the Palestinians to that of the Jews during the Spanish inquisition when thousands were tortured and expelled from their homes.

"Jews were the victims at that time. Today, the Palestinians are the victims, and unfortunately the people of Israel are treating the Palestinians as they were treated 500 years ago," Erdogan told Israel's Haaretz daily.

"Bombing people - civilians - from helicopters, killing people without any considerations - children, women, the elderly - razing their buildings using bulldozers."

Relations between the Israel and its chief Muslim ally Turkey have plummeted in recent days after Erdogan described Israel's operations in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah as "state terror".

Israel's foreign ministry responded with an unprecedented statement calling Erdogan's comments "extremely regrettable".

"One could have expected that Turkey, which also fell prey to cruel terrorism, would show more understanding and solidarity," the ministry said.

Erdogan told Haaretz that he had no problem with the Israeli people, only its present right-wing government.

"When we look at relations on the level of the peoples, we cannot even conceive of any problems," he said.

"But at the level of the government, we are in favour of the peace process being regenerated, and the government of Israel has not contributed to our efforts to do so."

 

Iraq’s peshmerga ‘break’ Mount Sinjar siege

Three years to end Israeli occupation in UN resolution

Yemen’s Huthis seize Sanaa state offices

Turkish media chiefs charged with terrorism

Key oil producers face uncertain outlook in 2015

Iraq may delay payment of Kuwait war reparations

Over $900 million needed to help Syria children

Saudi rules out oil output reduction

Dutch populist lawmaker to be tried for 'fewer Moroccans' vow

Outrage in Algeria over Islamist call for Algerian author's death

Iraq Kurds, coalition launch offensive to retake Sinjar

Somalia appoints new PM after bitter infighting

Blow to Israel: EU court removes Hamas from terror blacklist

Sharp rise in Syria passport applications

Turkey FM visit to Iran highlights Syria divide

UK troops mistreated Iraq detainees in 2004

Saudi to carry on massive public spending

Iran to Australia: We warned you about the gunman

From bikini to Jihad in Ceuta, Melilla

Tunisia votes Sunday in second round of presidential poll

Islamist militias launch air strike near key Libyan oil terminals

Egypt refers 312 Islamists to military courts

Turkey rejects EU criticism over media arrests

Kerry meets chief Palestinian negotiator

Saudi cleric sparks uproar for showing wife’s face

15,000 march against country’s ‘Islamisation’ in eastern Germany

Gulf stock markets tumble

Australia mourns Sydney cafe siege victims

Hostages flee as police storm Sydney café

Erdogan to EU: Mind your own business!

Syria PM in Iran for talks with key ally

22 Swiss jihadists fighting abroad

#illridewithyou: Australians stand in solidarity with Muslims

Sydney siege 'lone wolf' or IS-led attack?

EU support UN efforts for Aleppo ceasefire

Saudi policeman killed in Riyadh hostage-taking

Saudi king receives Jordan monarch

Palestinians push UN bid to end Israeli occupation

Hostages held in Sydney cafe, Islamic flag held up

Hamas stages show of strength to mark 27th anniversary

France 'neutralised' 200 jihadists in Sahel region of West Africa

Kerry in Rome ahead of Palestinian push at UN

Drive-by shooting kills two Egypt policemen in Sinai Peninsula

Libya pro-government forces push back Islamist fighters

Wave of arrests targets Gulen supporters in Turkey