NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: Turkey lambasts Israel for ‘disproportionate’ strikes in Gaza Strip as IDF shows its force after rocket attack on Jews
Israel’s foreign ministry on Monday fired back at Turkish criticism over dozens of air and artillery strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight saying that the condemnations were “baseless” and that Ankara should ‘think twice’ before criticizing the military actions of others.
Earlier in the day Turkey’s foreign ministry slammed Israel for the strikes in the Gaza Strip saying that a recent reconciliation between the two nations does not oblige them to remain silent on Palestinian issues.
Turkey, which last week ratified a rapproachement agreement with Israel ending a six-year rift between the two countries, condemned what is said were “disproportionate” strikes in Gaza that went “against international laws and especially against consciences.”
“Normalization of relations with Israel does not mean that we are obliged to remain silent on the attacks against the Palestinian people in Gaza,” a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
“On the contrary. We will continue to defend the Palestinian issue to the actions of Israel, that contravene international law and human conscience before everything,” it continued.
In the Israeli response, the foreign ministry rebuked Ankara’s statement, saying that “normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations.”
“Israel will continue to defend its civilians from all rocket fire on our territory, in accordance with international law and our conscience,” the statement continued.
In a likely jab at Turkey’s reaction to attacks within its own country carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Israel added that “Turkey should think twice before criticizing the military actions of others.”
The Israeli Air Force hit dozens of targets in the northern Gazan city Beit Hanoun overnight Monday in response to an earlier rocket fired into Israel by a rogue Salafi group in the Hamas-controlled enclave.
Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted AKP party has friendly ties with Gaza’s Hamas rulers, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been a vocal
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