Turkey opposed to anyone that stands by Israel, says Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday spoke out against what he called  Israeli state terror against Palestinians, while vowing to remain against anyone aligned with Israel. 

“Whoever is on the side of Israel, let everyone know that we are against them,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Erdoğan as saying during a speech addressing senior provincial officials from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara. 

Relations between Israel and Turkey have steadily cooled since Erdoğan became prime minister in 2003. The Turkish president has championed the Palestinian cause and is a vocal critic of Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in December 2017 recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel spurred a diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington and Tel Aviv. 

“We do not approve of silence on the state terror that Israel blatantly carries out in Palestine,” the Turkish president said. 

Erdoğan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a history of exchanging insults. In March, a spokesperson for Erdoğan slammed Netanyahu for comments he had made regarding the Nation-State Law. Netanyahu responded by saying, "Turkey's dictator Erdogan attacks Israel's democracy while Turkish journalists and judges fill his prisons. What a joke!"