TEL-AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an “anti-Semitic dictator” and complained about his daily trolling.
“I am subject to daily trolling by the anti-Semitic dictator Erdogan. He is obsessed with Israel”, RIA Novosti quotes Netanyahu as saying.
Earlier, on December 23rd, Erdogan accused Netanyahu of the policy of state terror against the Palestinians. The day before, the Israeli prime minister called the Turkish leader the occupier of Northern Cyprus, and accused him of killing women and children in Kurdish villages outside the country.
Since mid-May, anti-Israeli speeches have been taking place in the Gaza Strip amid the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its undivided capital. Palestine, in turn, claims the eastern part of the city. The present UN mandate is that eastern Jerusalem would be the capital of any future Palestinian state, and that the rest of the city be an international city. United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II), passed on 29 November 1947, provided for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: “The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations.” This has always precluded the possibility of Jerusalem under strict or overt Israeli control. Over time however, the support to Israel by the western bloc has rendered that view increasingly obsolete in practice.
Another escalation occurred on November 12th, when radical formations in the Gaza Strip, responding to Israeli attacks and provocations, launched no less than 370 missiles at Israel. 100 of them were alleged by the IDF to have been intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. In response, the Israel Defense Forces claim to have struck dozens of military targets in the Gaza Strip. As is normally the case, the response was disproportionate.
Despite these words of vitriol from Erdogan however, he has worked directly with Netanyahu on a number of matters carrying a more concrete weight than words. The two leaders have coordinated their line on Syria, have agreed to make a policy outside of the realm of international law together, in order to divide Syria under regions of influence.