In the long list of controversial statements, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan added a new one: he compared Israel’s military actions in Gaza with those of Hitler that ended in the Holocaust. Furthermore, Erdogan made these statements to an Israeli television channel and thus at a time when the two countries attempt a rapprochement.
Speaking to Israel’s Channel 2, Erdogan said he could not decide whether the Holocaust or Israeli military offensives in Gaza were “more barbarous”.
“I don’t agree with what Hitler did and I also don’t agree with what Israel did in Gaza. Therefore there’s no place for comparison in order to say what’s more barbaric,” said Erdogan in the interview (which was translated from Turkish into Hebrew by Channel 2, and thence into English for this report) when reminded of his 2014 comments where he had said Israeli’s military actions is “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.”
Asked if he was conscious of the shock his reference to Hitler caused among Jews, Erdogan said “I’m very well aware… But is the Jewish community aware of what is done (in Gaza)? Thousands of people bombed in Gaza and Palestine” in the 2014 war with Hamas.
PS Israel was about to send again an ambassador to Ankara. Will it proceed after Erdogan’s remarks?