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Netanyahu: Fall of Ottomans led to the rise of Zionists

Graves of the Ottoman soldiers who lost their lives in Hungary during the First World War at the Turkish Martyrdom in Budapest, Hungary on 7 March 2018 [Barış ORAL/Anadolu Agency]
Graves of the Ottoman soldiers who lost their lives in Hungary during the First World War at the Turkish Martyrdom in Budapest, Hungary on 7 March 2018 [Barış ORAL/Anadolu Agency]

The First World War ended the Ottoman Empire and paved the way for the “rise of the Zionist movement”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a series of tweets to mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the war yesterday.

“This war was of a great importance for the history of our people as hundreds of thousands of Jewish fighters took part in it,” he wrote.

“This indicated to the future progress which made up our abilities to be able to defend ourselves,” he added.

Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. Zionist established the state of Israel in 1948 after forcibly expelling nearly a million Palestinians from their homes in what has become known as the Nakba.

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