Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party has condemned the US State Department's accusations that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used anti-Semitic language.
вЂњWe strongly condemn the statement of the US State Department about our president. Accusing our president of anti-Semitism is an unwise and wrong approach. What has been said about our president is a lie, вЂњ AKP spokesman Omer Celik said.
He noted that Erdogan has made very strong calls against anti-Semitism and continues to do so. вЂњIt puts anti вЂ“ Semitism and Islamophobia at the forefront of hate crimes that must be combated,вЂќ Celik added.
Earlier, the head of the press service of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that the United States strongly condemns Erdogan'sвЂќ anti-Semitic statements вЂњand calls on him to refrain fromвЂќ hate speechвЂќ.
Earlier, Erdogan, in a conversation with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, called Israel's actions in Jerusalem terror. Last Friday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced a fight against the oppression of the Palestinians, calling Israel a вЂњ terrorist state.вЂќ He also said that Ankara will support Jerusalem with the same determination with which it supported Azerbaijan in Karabakh.
The Israel Defense Forces, in turn, stated the significant role of Iran and Turkey in what is happening in the Gaza Strip.