On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that his country “firmly backs” terror organization Hamas amid the ongoing war with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

Further, he likened Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his administration to Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin.

The Times of Israel reports:

“No one can make us qualify Hamas as a terrorist organization,” he said in a speech in Istanbul. “Turkey is a country that speaks openly with Hamas leaders and firmly backs them.”

Hamas is listed as a terror organization by the US, Israel, the UK, the European Union, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.

In October, Erdogan claimed that Hamas was “not a terrorist organization” but “a group of mujahideen defending their lands.” “Mujahideen” is an Arabic term for those engaged in jihad, or holy war.

On Saturday, he claimed that “Netanyahu and his administration, with their crimes against humanity in Gaza, are writing their names next to Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, like today’s Nazis.

Netanyahu answered Erdogan’s character assassination saying,  “Israel, which adheres to the laws of war, will not receive moral preaching from Erdogan, who supports murderers and rapists of the terrorist organization Hamas, denies the Armenian Holocaust, massacres Kurds in his own country and elevates regime opponents and journalists.”

Turkish President Erdogan made headlines yet again by calling Netanyahu’s administration Nazis.

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