Senior Israeli lawmaker compares Turkish leader to Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels

Published August 21, 2013

| Associated Press

A powerful partner of Israel's prime minister says the Turkish prime minister's incitement against Israel makes him a successor to Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels.

Turkey's prime minister has accused Israel of being behind the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that "whoever heard the hateful and inciting words of (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan understands that this is Goebbels' successor."

Relations have soured dramatically between the former allies since Israeli commandos stormed a pro-Palestinian ship trying to breach a blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010. The raid killed nine Turkish activists. The countries agreed to restore diplomatic relations earlier this year but tensions remain.

Erdogan said he had "evidence" to support his claim. The Egyptian Cabinet has rejected Erdogan's claim as "bewildering."

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