Israeli PM says Turkey’s Erdoğan lying in UN speech

Israeli leaders lashed out at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday following his United Nations speech that included a map to highlight Israeli expansion into Palestinian territory, which he described as a place of striking injustice, The Times of Israel reported

Erdoğan also said a Palestinian woman shot and killed during an alleged stabbing attempt at an Israeli checkpoint last week had been “murdered heinously” and, while speaking to U.S. Muslim leaders on Monday, compared Israel’s Gaza policies to the Nazi’s treatment of Jews, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. 

“Someone who does not stop lying, who slaughters Kurds, who denies the massacre of the Armenians, should not preach to Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Erdoğan’s speech. “Stop lying Erdoğan.”

Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz accused Turkey’s leader of anti-Semitism.

“You should be ashamed, Erdoğan,” Katz said. “There is no other way to interpret Erdoğan’s crude and vile words – it is anti-Semitism, clear cut.”

Erdoğan met leaders of the Union of Jews Against Zionism in New York on Monday, Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet reported.