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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described Israel today as a "terrorist state" in carrying out its bombardment of Gaza, underlining hostility for Ankara's former ally since relations between them collapsed in 2010.

His comments came after nearly a week of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. An Israeli missile killed at least 11 Palestinian civilians including four children in Gaza on Sunday.
"Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza," Erdogan told a conference of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul.
"For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts," he said.

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"I find some leaders' approach quite interesting, they claim that Israel is exercising its self-defense correctly. What kind of justice is this?" Erdoğan said today at the opening ceremony of the 8th Eurasian Islamic Council meeting.


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john albay

12/8/2012 11:56:02 AM

Well the PM got that right! The evil zionist jews of israel are Terrorists! They send out murder squads to other countries using other peoples passports and using stolen identies to kill people in Hotel rooms. They kill innocent people on the high seas,and bomb women and children in the gaza strip! They are terrorist of the worse kind and they have the A bomb but dont want theirenermies to have a A bomb,their arrogance is unbelievable!!Boycott the zionist illegal state now!!

Agnes Smith

11/24/2012 4:41:31 PM

Murat - and wouldn't TK and the PM do the same and then covcer the evidence? Come on it happens all the time here. When was the last time you were in court for 3 years proving your innocence because you thew an egg. Or when was the last time you joined a meeting and got gassed by mistake. No accountibity here. Why are you demanding from Israel? We can not have double standards. Work on our country first. When we have our own faith in true democracy and justice only then can we critisize the rest

mara mcglothin

11/23/2012 2:47:29 AM

NADIDE There is also no mention here of the Israelis dropping notices of what was coming to warn the people in the areas where Hamas was launching missiles. So the Palestinians also got a warning of what was to come. The whole thing is very sad.

Nadide Gunduz

11/20/2012 7:11:21 PM

@Murat you are wrong my friend. Hamas has been shelling Israel on a regular basis for months now. The only reason that there are only 3 Israeli casualties is because Israelis deploy air raid sirens to warn civilians about approaching missiles. Their Iron Dome is incapable of killing its own people because it's set up as an anti missile system. So far it has a 33% accuracy rate. What happened on the Mavi Marmara is regrettable but not a definition of terrorism. @ Mara, spot on comments!

mara mcglothin

11/20/2012 3:59:07 PM

SAFIYAH NOOR PAGE Palestinians would have been happy to kill more, that was their intent. More appalling to me is the killing of random people by the Taliban this week by cowardly roadside bombs. These people were only on route to wedding or the hospital with a new born baby. Why aren't you making harsh statements against them. I guess Israel has no right to protect their own. Remember when bomb came from Syria into Turkey and the huge fuss that was made? Double standard?

Brian Irlanda

11/20/2012 11:53:15 AM

"Turkish PM calls Israel a 'terrorist state'". No need for big explanations in relation to this statement. There are only three words needed. He is right.

Lior Uziel

11/20/2012 10:20:19 AM

I don't know whether comments here are based on ignorance or propaganda. Israel started the operation due to increase of rockets and missiles fired for the last couple of months. From once a week, to once a day, to several times a day. Civilians can't live their lives when several times a day, with the sound of siren, children and women are supposed to run with the next 15 seconds to a shelter. The aim is not to kill Palestinians (even though Hamas warriors shoot from within) but to stop rockets

The Prisoner

11/20/2012 8:56:18 AM

Hilarious! A guy who spent time in jail for anti-goverment activities dares to call a legitimate goverment terrorists whilst bombing other soveriegn states to rid himself of a few dissidents!

Safiyah Noor Page

11/19/2012 11:41:31 PM

PM Erdogen said it prefectly. Israel is a terrorist state. The Jews say ,"We didn't intend to kill the Palestinians," while completely skirting what they actually have done-the killing of 93 people. I know of nothing more appalling than the thing that the Israelis are saying," The Palestinians intended to kill civilians (while killing 3) and this is a worst slaughter than the actual killing of 93 because it was unintended." May Allah protect us from his insanity.

mr who

11/19/2012 11:32:55 PM

Once the human mind is programmed from birth it’s impossible to change {Catholics abortion and sexuality, Jews views of Muslims, northern European views on Jews, European views on black people} with one billion stars in our galaxy its time to stop being silly sausages and start worrying about the collapsing environment of the planet.
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