Turkish PM says Israeli 'provocations' radicalizing Muslim world

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 12:39 PM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalization in the Muslim world.

"He himself killed, his army killed children in the playground. They killed our citizens and an American citizen in international waters. This is terrorism. Nobody can argue about Israeli aggression in Jerusalem in the al-Aqsa mosque," Davutoglu told Reuters in an interview.

"These provocations create frustration in the Muslim world and are becoming one of the reasons why these radical trends are emerging," he said.

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Davutoglu on Thursday compared Netanyahu to the Islamist militants who carried out attacks last week in Paris, saying both had committed crimes against humanity.

(Reporting by Nick Tattersall and Asli Kandemir; editing by Andrew Roche)