After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged insults on Sunday, Israel’s public security minister said that Israel should recognize the Armenian Genocide. He also called Erdoğan an “anti-Semite who continues to support Hamas.”

Gilad Erdan

Gilad Erdan Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following the verbal dispute between the Turkish official and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Gaza border protests. According to Erdan, signing the 2016 reconciliation agreement with Turkey may have been a mistake.

“I’m not fully supportive of the approval,” Erdan said regarding the agreement, also insisting that he had doubts about it prior to the signing. “I planned to oppose it but because of the dealings with Netanyahu and the pressure that was placed on Hamas regarding the return of the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, I agreed. Looking back, it’s possible that the agreement should not have been approved.”

Erdan then criticized Erdoğan, calling him an “anti-Semite who continues to support Hamas.” According to the Likud minister, Israel should recognize the Armenian Genocide and reveal the Turkish nation’s true face to the world. “We need to stand up against the hostility and anti-Semitism of Erdoğan,” he added. “There’s something strange here because a country like Turkey, which murders the Kurds and occupies Northern Cyprus, is accepted as a legitimate state by the West.”

Yesterday, Erdoğan called Netanyahu a “terrorist” after the Israeli prime minister responded to his criticism of Israel in the wake of the “March of Return” clashes, which led to the deaths of at least 17 Palestinians. “Hey Netanyahu, you’re an occupier,” Erdoğan added 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.”

“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 a few hours earlier. “Apparently, that’s how they mark April 1 in Ankara.”