Ankara condemns statements by Netanyahu criticizing Erdogan

Turkish Supporters are silhouetted against a screan showing President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Turkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday condemned Israeli Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks.

“Israeli officials should end the occupation of the Palestinian territories instead of attacking our country and our president,” he said in a statement.

The presidential spokesman added: “Those who fancy to make Jerusalem the first Muslim kisses the capital of an occupied state by imposing a policy of fait accompli, trying in vain.”

“Israel, which ignores international law, occupies the territories of the Palestinian people and violates the resolutions of the United Nations, should be held accountable for its actions first,” he said.

He pointed out that “it is not possible to take into account the allegations and accusations of the killing of thousands of innocent Palestinians, and around the Palestinian territories to an open prison.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macaron in Paris that he refused to receive lectures from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused him of “bombing Kurdish villages.”

Netanyahu’s statement came in response to Erdogan’s remarks, which he described as an “occupation and terror state,” for suppressing Palestinian protests that rejected the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.