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“When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking antisemitism.”
Erdan said that – in retrospect – Israel might have erred in signing the reconciliation agreement with Turkey in 2016.
"We will work for the annulment of this unjust decision firstly at the UN Security Council, and if a veto comes from there, the General Assembly," Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdogan, 64, is positioning himself as the bearer of a new Turkish identity, one more closely aligned with Turkey’s Ottoman past and Islamic heritage.
By TERRANCE J. MINTNER/THE MEDIA LINE
Erdogan's new cabinet excluded former deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek who was considered the main market-friendly minister in the previous government.
Launching the executive presidency which he fought hard to secure, Erdogan will also name a streamlined cabinet he says will push for growth to make Turkey one of the world's biggest economies.
He is loved by millions of devoutly Muslim working class Turks for delivering years of stellar economic growth and overseeing the construction of roads, bridges, airports, hospitals and schools.
In a wide-ranging speech, Erdogan encouraged Muslim unity as a force to defeat the 'occupation of Jerusalem, the violation of the rights of the folks in Palestine.'
By SHOSHANA KRANISH
"We will never allow Jerusalem to be stolen by Israel."
Erdogan's words insinuated that the oppression of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank is equatable with tyranny.
By TAMAR BEN-OZER
He is seen as a candidate who can match the harsh rhetoric often used by Erdogan, while also drawing in more conservative and right-wing voters, beyond the CHP's base of secular, Western Turks.
The ruling Justice and Development Party and the Nationalist Movement Party called the election on April 20 as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to extend his term and consolidate his power.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
The split with France is the latest rift between Turkey under Erdogan and its NATO allies in the West.
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