Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Israel of “terrorizing the region” with its bombardment of Gaza and implied that an Israeli politician is similar to Adolph Hitler in a broadside likely to further strain fragile relations between the two countries.
Israel resumed its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, six hours after an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire failed to halt Palestinian rocket fire into Israeli territory.
At least 184 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed since operations by the Israeli military began a week ago.
“With utter disregard for international law, Israel continues to terrorize the region, and no country but us is telling it to stop,” Erdoğan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) at a speech in parliament on Tuesday.
He stated there is no explanation for Israel’s recent acts and accused Israel of violating international law and acting as a “terrorist state.” “It has sprayed bullets and caused deaths, as it does every Ramadan,” Erdoğan said.
“No tyranny is everlasting; sooner or later every tyrant has to pay the price… This tyranny will not remain unaccounted for,” he added.
Ankara had formerly been Israel’s closest strategic ally in the region, but Erdoğan has become increasingly vocal in his criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in recent years.