Turkish Prime Minister: 'Israel is a Terrorist State'
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- 2012 Nov 19
A top Turkish official has claimed that Israel is committing acts of terrorism by bombing Hamas targets in Gaza, CBS DC reports. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told the Eurasian Islamic Council conference in Istanbul: "Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza. For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts." Meanwhile, a popular Egyptian Islamic cleric called on the people of Gaza to conduct suicide attacks against Israel in response to Operation Pillar of Defense. In a statement that appeared on Al Nas TV on November 15, Sheik Khalid Abdullah told Gazans to "go back to suicide attacks, with the will of God, against the Zionist entity. ... You only die once, so make it for the sake of God. Anything but force is useless with those Jews."