After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin slammed Recep Tayyip Erdogan for criticizing Israel’s response to the violence along the Gaza border, the Turkish president called Netanyahu a “terrorist” and an “occupier.”

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin on Sunday, calling him a “terrorist.”

“Hey Netanyahu, you’re an occupier,” Erdogan said in a televised speech on Turkish TV. “What you are doing to those oppressed Palestinians is going to be part of history, and we won’t forget it.”

Earlier today, Netanyahu responded to Erdogan’s criticism of Israel in the wake of the “March of Return” clashes that led to the deaths of at least 17 Palestinians, most of whom were Hamas terrorists. “The most moral army in the world won’t be lectured about morality by someone who has been bombing civilian populations indiscriminately for years,” Netanyahu said in a Facebook post. “Apparently, that’s how they mark April 1 in Ankara.”

On Saturday, Erdogan criticized Israel for its “inhumane attack” on the Palestinians in Gaza. Speaking to an audience in Istanbul, the Turkish president revealed that he contacted US President Donald Trump regarding the developments along the Israeli-Gazan border and urged him to intervene. “We will continue to support our Palestinian brothers and sisters,” Erdogan added.

“I haven’t heard any noteworthy opposition to Israel’s massacre in Gaza from those who criticized the operation in Afrin,” he said, referring to the Turkish offensive in the Kurdish zone in Syria. “This is the clearest proof of the lack of sincerity by those who are focused on us but not saying anything when Israel attacks protesters on their own land.”

As reported earlier by JOL, the US blocked a UN Security Council draft statement calling for an investigation into the clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border that led to at least 17 deaths on the Palestinian side, the French AFP news agency reported on Saturday night. The draft statement reportedly expressed “sorrow at the loss of innocent Palestinian lives.”

Kuwait, the country that called for the Friday evening emergency UNSC meeting regarding the clashes while Jewish people were gathering to celebrate Passover, proposed the draft statement that called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into the violent clashes and expressed “grave concern at the situation at the border.”