Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son for verbally attacking Turkey.
On Saturday Erdogan called on Netanyahu to âtwist the earâ of his son, Yair, as punishment for âcalling Istanbul Constantinopleâ, warning that he had âother ways to educate Israelâ if Netanyahu or his son continued with their rhetoric.
Erdoganâs remarks came in response to a tweet by Yair in which he said âI will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then [sic] a thousand years before Turkish occupation!â
And I will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then a thousand years before Turkish occupation! https://t.co/LIpPx8xqYX
— Yair Netanyahu (@YairNetanyahu) March 13, 2019
Erdogan has previously described Netanyahu as a âtyrant, who massacres childrenâ after the prime minister slammed an Israeli artist who protested against the rampant racism Palestinians experience at the hands of the Tel Aviv authorities.
âThere are 1.6 million Arabs living in Israel,â Erdogan’s office said, adding, âwhen will Western countries wake up and follow up on this racism or will they be silenced under pressure?â
According toÂ the Times of Israel, Netanyahu hit back and said: âTurkeyâs dictator Erdogan attacks Israelâs democracy while Turkish journalists and judges fill his prisons. What a joke!â
Ignoring Israeli policeâs attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinians in the occupied territories, Netanyahu added: âErdogan should learn from us how to respect all religions and uphold human rights.â