Turkish PM doubles down on Zionism comments

March 20, 2013 18:52


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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Denmark’s Politiken newspaper that he does not take back his comments several weeks ago that Zionism is a crime against humanity. He did, however, try to explain them by saying that they were a misunderstanding.

“My several statements openly condemning anti-Semitism clearly display my position on this issue. In this context, I stand behind my remarks in Vienna,” said Erdogan.

He also said that he understood that his remarks created controversy and went on to try to rationalize them. “I understand that my statement in Vienna led to some debate. But no one should misunderstand what I said.”

And went on to add, “Everyone should know that my criticisms on certain issues, especially Gaza and the settlements, are directed at Israeli policies. And it’s entirely natural for us to continue to criticize Israel, as long as it will not give up its approach of denying the right to exist of the Palestinian state. On the other hand, we have recognized and continue to recognize the Israeli State, within the framework of the 1967 borders and on the basis of the two-state solution.”

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