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Erdogan, Netanyahu Hurl Insults Over Israel's Nation-State Law



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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president has slammed Israel for a controversial law passed last week in parliament defining Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people.
Addressing lawmakers in Ankara Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel “the world’s most Zionist, fascist, racist state.”
He said “the soul of Hitler has risen again within some of Israel’s officials,” and that “there’s no difference between Hitler’s obsession with a pure race and the understanding that these ancient lands are just for the Jews.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted in response that Turkey has become a “dark dictatorship” under Erdogan.

Erdogan warned the move would lead the region and the world to “blood, fire, and pain” and promised to stand with Palestinians.
He also called on the international community to stand against Israel.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email