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Israel recalls diplomats from Turkey after Erdogan’s 'grave' statements

The move came after Erdogan called Israel a "war criminal" earlier Saturday, and marks a backsliding in bilateral ties that had been fully restored just last fall after more than a decadelong break.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife, Emine Erdogan, attend a rally in solidarity with Palestinians in Istanbul on Oct. 28, 2023.

Israel announced on Saturday that it was recalling its diplomats in Turkey for consultations in protest of "grave" statements from Turkish government officials concerning the Israel-Hamas war

“Given the grave statements coming from Turkey, I have ordered the return of diplomatic representatives there in order to conduct a reevaluation of the relations between Israel and Turkey,” Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen wrote on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. 

Speaking at a pro-Palestine rally in Istanbul earlier Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a "war criminal" over its attacks on the Gaza Strip, reiterating that his country doesn’t consider Hamas a terror organization.

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