It is deeply troubling to hear Erdogan refer to Israel as a ‘terrorist state’. Israel is widely recognized in the West as a beacon of democracy, technology and culture, and one that leads many of its neighbors by example.
“Such a statement is damaging and misguided and we fully support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response – as he said in Paris, “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years” and the “Jewish state for 70 years”. As many have also pointed out, its bureaucracy has operated out of Jerusalem for decades. To call it an “occupying state” is reactionary, misguided and fundamentally wrong.
“This kind of rhetoric does nothing but extend the divisions that already exist, at a time when responsibility and cooperation are needed in order to reduce suffering, conflict and the loss of life. Erdogan is using recent events to his own ends. As a third party to the situation, he should refrain from using slander against Israel to push a political agenda. It is immoral and irresponsible, and says far more about Erdogan’s position moving forwards than it does about Israel’s position on the global stage.”
President American Jewish Congress