Israel and Turkey dismiss each others’ diplomats over Gaza violence

DW – May 15, 2018

The leaders of Turkey and Israel have engaged in a war of words over human rights amidst fallout from the deadly protests. Belgium also summoned the Israeli ambassador over controversial statements about the violence.

The Israeli government has ordered Turkey’s consul in Jerusalem to leave the country for an indeterminate amount of time on Tuesday, as Ankara demanded the same of Israel’s ambassador. The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that the move was a direct response to recent violence on the Gaza border that has claimed at least 60 lives.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of running an “apartheid state,” bent on “genocide,” saying that Netanyahu had the dead protesters’ blood on his hands.

“Erdogan is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas, so there’s no doubt he’s an expert on terror and slaughter,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter, referencing the militant Palestinian organization. “I’d suggest he doesn’t preach morality to us.”