Turkish Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a terrorist state following in the footstep of Adolf Hitler.
In his speech before a campaign rally in the Hatay province on Sunday, Erdogan said Israel is committing massacres in Gaza.
Reuters news agency quoted him as saying that Israelis "have no conscience, no honour, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism."
He hailed the people of Gaza, saying: "From here, I salute the brave heroes of Gaza."
Erdogan prayed that justice would come to "the oppressed Palestinians, who are breaking their Ramadan fast with death and martyrdom."
Erdogan also prayed for "all those enduring repression in Egypt, Syria and Iraq."
He addressed Shi'ite leaders, urging them to "refrain from sectarianism", adding: "Aren't we all Muslims? Why then are there so many victims? 200,000 people have been killed in Syria and you still do not consider President Al-Assad as a killer. How could you defend him? How could you defend a murderer for the sake of a doctrine?"