Israel recalls diplomats from Turkey as relations freeze

israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and turkish president recep tayyip erdogan

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen on Saturday said he recalled Israeli diplomatic representatives from Turkey "in order to conduct a reassessment of Israel-Turkey relations."

Cohen made this statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his assertion that Hamas was not a terrorist organisation and described Israel as an occupier, Jerusalem Post reported.

Erdogan made this address at one of the largest pro-Palestinian rallies, which took place in Istanbul since the Israel-Hamas war began. Erdogan called called the terrorist group "freedom fighters" this week.

Israeli officials' responses

National Unity Party MK Gideon Sa'ar posted that "Erdogan is the same Erdogan and it is obligatory to present him as he is: a patron of Hamas, an instigator, a definite Israel hater, and one of the greatest antisemites of our generation.

"He will always try to gain legitimacy when he is in need and join our enemies when we are in need," he continued. "I suggested to Foreign Minister Cohen to recall Israel's ambassador to Turkey for consultations and I welcome his decision."

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