Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a terrorist state during a speech to his ruling party Wednesday, the Republic of Turkey Directorate of Communications wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Israel is implementing a strategy of total annihilation of a city and its people. I say very clearly and frankly that Israel is a terrorist state,” Erdogan said, adding, “We will take steps to ensure that Israel's political and military leaders who brutally murdered the oppressed people of Gaza will face trial in international courts.”
Following Erdogan's speech to the Justice and Development Party, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Turkish president of being the one who "supports the terror state of Hamas" on X Wednesday.
Netanyahu said, "By contrast, there are forces that support the terrorists. One of them is President Erdogan of Turkey, who calls Israel a terrorist state, but supports the terror state of Hamas, and bombed Turkish villages inside Turkey itself. So, we're not going to get any lectures from them."
Erdogan also accused Netanyahu of threatening the people in Gaza with nuclear bombs saying, “I am telling Netanyahu, you have atomic bombs, nuclear bombs and you are threatening with them. We know this. And your end is near. You can have as many nuclear bombs as you want. No matter what you have, you are on your way out."
Erdogan canceled his planned visit to Israel last month, saying, "Turkey has no problem with the Israeli state, however, Ankara would never approve of Tel Aviv committing atrocities."
He also said last month that the Western countries consider Hamas as a terrorist organization, adding:
"Hamas is not a terrorist organization, but a liberation group that struggles to protect its lands and citizens."