Israel accuses Turkish leader of incitement

AP News
Posted: Sep 26, 2011 4:48 PM
Israel accuses Turkish leader of incitement

The prime minister of Israel is accusing Turkey's leader of incitement for saying the Jewish state uses the Holocaust as an excuse to kill Palestinians.

Relations between the once-close allies have deteriorated dramatically since Israeli commandos raided a ship of activists trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip last year, killing nine Turks on board.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a TV interview Sunday that Israel behaves "as if they are the victims all the time."

He also questioned Israel's claims about the number of citizens killed by Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza.

Israel's premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday that Erdogan's comments were "outrageous charges against Israel that have nothing to do with the facts."