CAIRO - Turkey's prime minister, an
outspoken of critic of Israel, praised Egypt's Islamist
president, Mohamed Morsi, on Saturday for recalling his
ambassador from Tel Aviv in response to Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a
peace treaty with Israel, recalled its envoy on Wednesday hours
after Israel launched an air campaign on Gaza. Turkey withdrew
its ambassador over a separate incident with Israel in 2010.
"Israel is using disproportionate force. Netanyahu proceeds with these kinds of
actions thanks to the international negligence," Erdogan told an
enthusiastic audience in a speech at Cairo University.
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