Tayyip Erdogan 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan's to CNN concerning
the number of Palestinians Israel has killed in the ongoing conflict
was mistranslated by the network, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on Wednesday.
According to Hurriyet, which
quoted a report from Cihan news agency, former Israeli ambassador to
Turkey Alon Liel criticized CNN's mistranslation, saying that the agency
had badly tarnished the Erdogan's image.
According to the original translation, Erdogan apparently said that Israel has killed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.
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Turkish transcript of the interview, provided by Turkish state news
agency Anatolia, revealed that "Erdogan said hundreds, thousands, tens
of thousands of Palestinians were killed by Israelis," Hurriyet reported.
Erdogan's comments stirred up harsh criticism from top Israeli officials. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post that Israel "has certainly not taken the lives of hundreds of
thousands of Palestinians."
"I regret that we hear these statements from the
leader of Turkey," Netanyahu said.
Relations between the governments in Ankara and Jerusalem hit a low following disagreements over a resolution of the Mavi Marmara incident
in 2010 in which 9 Turkish activists were killed when the IDF
intercepted their Gaza-bound ship, and the Turkish prime minister has
been touting anti-Israel rhetoric as a result.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman facetiously welcomed Erdogan's outlandish and especially aggressive comments during his CNN interview, saying “I saw Erdogan on CNN, and I think [his performance] was great for us."
“If I wanted to improve Israeli hasbara [advocacy], I would buy media outlets around the world and have Erdogan talk from morning until night.”