Turkey's Erdogan Accuses Israel of Genocide and Boots the Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Violence

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the opening of the new terminal of Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 25. 2015 AMISOM Photo / Ilyas Ahmed

The erratic, violent, Islamist government of Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan has ordered Israel’s ambassador to leave the country in retaliation for Israel killing some 60 Gazans, mostly armed, who breached the fence separating Gaza from Israel as part of a Hamas provocation.

Turkey’s government on Tuesday ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave the country, retaliating for Israel’s killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and underscoring the growing international fallout from the bloodshed.

The ambassador, Eitan Naeh, was told by Turkey’s foreign minister that it would be “appropriate” if he returned to Israel “for a while,” according to Turkey’s semiofficial Anadolu news agency, citing unnamed sources.

And this:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking during a trip to Britain, called the Gaza killings “a genocide.”

“They are not committing this genocide for the first time,” he said, adding that the killings “have shown the ugly face of Israel.”

A Turkish government minister and spokesman, Bekir Bozdag, also accused Israel’s most powerful ally, the United States, of helping fuel Palestinian outrage by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Part of the city is seen by Palestinians as the capital of a possible future state.

Erdogan also recalled the Turkish ambassador to the US.