Apr 01 2018

Morality lessons from Ankara, an ‘April Fool's joke,’ says Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday in response to his calling Israel's actions on the Gaza border “inhumane.”

‘’Apparently this is the way they mark April Fool's Day in Ankara,’’Netanhayu said.

Calling the IDF, ‘’the most moral army in the world,” Netanyahu said that the IDF, “will not be preached to by someone who for years has indiscriminately bombed civilian populations. Apparently this is the way they mark April Fools Day in Ankara.”    

Erdoğan on Saturday had said that he strongly condemns the Israeli government over their reaction in Gaza on Friday where clashes resulted in the death of at least 16 Palestinians. 

''Have you heard any noteworthy objections to the massacre by Israel that happened yesterday in Gaza from those who criticize the Afrin operation? This is the biggest proof of insincerity of those who fixate on us but say nothing about Israel using heavy weapons to attack people who are protesting on their own lands,” the Turkish president said.

Turkey’s ongoing cross-border military operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin in northern Syria, began on Jan. 20. Turkey has come under widespread criticism for the operation which Ankara claims is strictly for ridding the region of terrorists.