Netanyahu praises Israeli troops after deadly clashes in Gaza

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"You're an occupier. You're there on that land as an occupier. But you are not concerned with terrorists because you yourselves are a terror state", Erdoğan said, addressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "The US must play a more positive role in ending the Gaza blockade and helping Palestinians and Israelis build a future that works for all", he added.

"The most moral army in the world will not accept moral preaching from someone who for years has been bombing a civilian population indiscriminately", he said, in apparent reference to Ankara's ongoing battle against the Kurds.


Erdoğan said Netanyahu can not find proper worldwide support for his actions and reminded the Turkey-sponsored United Nations resolution rejecting the U.S.'s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by a vote of 128-9. "You have no one that likes you in the world".

On Saturday, Turkish President Erdogan slammed Israel for the "inhumane attack". "Apparently, that's how they mark April 1 in Ankara". He wrote on social media, "Israel will get trapped under the oppression it inflicts in Palestine".


The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the Israeli forces had opened fire at protesters in different Gaza cities, among them Jabalia, Rafah, Khan Yunis and Beit Hanoun. Fifteen Palestinian protesters were killed during clashes with Israeli forces.

"I have not heard worthy opposition to the Israeli massacre in Gaza from those who criticized the operation in Afrin", he said, referring to Turkish actions in the Kurdish enclave in Syria.


It said there were attempts to damage the fence and infiltrate Israel, while alleging there was also an attempted gun attack against soldiers along the border. Israel's position has generally been that Palestinian refugees and their descendants would become citizens of a Palestinian state at the culmination of the peace process, just as Jews who fled or were forced out of Middle Eastern countries by hostile governments became citizens of Israel.

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