Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry the comments of Receb Tayb Erdogan, Turkish PM, were anti-Semitic.
In a phone call overnight on Sunday, Netanyahu told Kerry that Erdogan’s words profaned the memory of the Holocaust.
On Saturday, Erdogan in a speech condemned Israel’s attack on Gaza and said, “Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.”
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Erdogan, speaking at a campaign rally, said, “terrorist state Israel has attacked Gaza once again, hitting innocent children who were playing on a beach.”
Amid international call for a ceasefire, the conflict in Gaza has claimed the lives of over 600 Palestinians so far.
Kerry has met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Cairo for talks over a truce in the Gaza Strip.