Despite Turkey’s reconciliation agreement with Israel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan struck anything but a conciliatory tone in an interview with Channel 2 journalist Ilana Dayan which aired on Monday evening – his first with an Israeli media outlet since the agreement was announced in June.
Though he said that Israel and Turkey had made progress in normalizing ties, Erdogan refused to take back his past verbal attacks against Israel, including a statement that Israel’s attacks against terrorist targets in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge were more barbaric than Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s actions.
“There were times that Gaza was bombarded. I cannot forget those moments when thousands of people were killed in these bombings. I do not agree with what Hitler did and I also do not agree with what Israel has done in Gaza. So there is no point in comparing who was more barbaric…you killed thousands of people in Gaza and Palestine,” he charged.
Erdogan also defended Hamas’s indiscriminate firing of rockets on civilian targets in Israel, and said he does not consider Hamas a terrorist organization.
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