Turkey slams Israeli PM Netanyahu on remarks against Erdoğan

Turkish government severely criticized the remarks made [by Israeli Premier Netanyahu] against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," Fahrettin Altun -- presidential communications director -- said on Twitter in response to Israeli PM Netanyahu's previous remarks on Erdoğan. In another statement, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın said: "Netanyahu is targeting Erdoğan for bringing the Israeli leader's racist remarks towards Arabs and Muslims to light."

Turkey's presidential communications director lashed out Wednesday at remarks by Israel's prime minister targeting the Turkish leader.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter in response to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu's previous remarks on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He was referring to a well-known quote from renowned scientist Albert Einstein, adding a video showing a spat between Erdoğan and Israeli then-president Shimon Peres at a Davos Summit held in 2009.

Earlier on Wednesday, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın said Netanyahu attacked Erdoğan for "exposing the Israeli leader's racist remarks towards Arabs and Muslims".

"The apartheid state he leads occupies Palestinian lands, kills women, children, and imprisons Palestinians in their own land," Kalın said.

"Lies and pressure will not hide your crimes," he added.

On Tuesday, Kalın condemned Netanyahu's affirmation of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

"I strongly condemn this blatant racism and discrimination. 1.6 million Arabs/Muslims live in Israel. Will the Western governments react or keep silent under pressure again?" Kalın said on Twitter.

On March 12, Netanyahu said Israel is "a nation state not of all its citizens but only of the Jewish people".

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