Netanyahu’s son embroiled in war of words with Erdogan

The son of the Israeli prime minister, Yair Netanyahu, has become embroiled in the war of words between Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Tayyip Erdogan, with references to the genocide against Greeks and Armenians, and Constantinople.

In his post on Twitter, Yair Netanyahu unleashed fierce comments against Ankara and the Turkish President: “I’ll also remind him the genocide turkey had done against Greeks, Assyrians, and Armenians! They ethnically cleansed all Christians from Asia Minor!,” he wrote. And he continued: “And I will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more than a thousand years before Turkish occupation!”

Tayyip Erdogan launched a verbal attack on Wednesday against the Israeli Prime Minister calling him a “tyrant” who “kidnapped” Palestinian children as the two leaders exchanged intense insults in their latest row. Erdogan responded to previous comments by Benjamin Netanyahu, who described him as a “dictator” and “a joke”: “Erdogan, the dictator who sends tens of thousands of political opponents to prison, commits genocide against the Kurds and occupies Northern Cyprus, he lectures Israel and the Israeli Defence Forces, on democracy and the morals of the war. Its a joke.”

The verbal confrontation came in the midst of a pre-election fever in the two countries between Turkish and Israeli officials on the occasion of Netanyahu’s comment that Israel is a state of the “Jewish people.”