Jul 24 2018

Turkey’s Erdoğan blasts Israel for new 'Jewish nation-state' law

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday slammed an Israeli law that describes Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people", state-run Anadolu news agency said.

"I call on the Islamic world, Christian world, all democratic and liberal states, non-governmental organisations, media members to move against Israel," the agency quoted Erdoğan as saying.

The Turkish president said the new regulation was evidence that “without doubt, Israel is the most Zionist, fascist and racist state of the world".

The newly approved law states that a “united Jerusalem” is the capital of Israel and that Hebrew is the country's official language, stripping Arabic of its earlier designation as an official language, while recognising its “special status".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the legislation for being a “defining moment for Zionism and Israel" and hit back at Erdoğan on Monday.

The Israeli Prime Minister said that Turkey, under Erdoğan, was turning into a "dark dictatorship", accusing the Turkish president of "massacring Syrians and Kurds, the New York Times reported.

Tensions between Turkey and Israel escalated following the deaths of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces in Gaza after the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem earlier this year.