Turkey slams Netanyahu's 'blatant racism'
ISTANBUL- Agence France-Presse
Presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın
"I strongly condemn this blatant racism and discrimination," presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın wrote on his official Twitter account both in Turkish and English.
"1.6 million Arabs/Muslims live in Israel. Will the Western governments react or keep silent under pressure again?" he asked.
In campaign mode before April 9 elections, Netanyahu said all citizens including Arabs had equal rights but referred to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.
"Israel is not a state of all its citizens," Netanyahu wrote in response to comments from an Israeli actress.
Netanyahu has been accused by critics of demonizing Israeli Arabs, who make up some 17.5 percent of the population, in a bid to boost right-wing turnout for April polls.