Netanyahu calls Erdoğan 'antisemitic dictator' in latest clash

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan an "antisemitic dictator" in the latest clash between the two feuding leaders.

Netanyahu at an event in Tel Aviv for Christian Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers accused Erdoğan of massacring "women and children in Kurdish villages," calling Turkey "more dictatorial day by day." 

“We are proud of you," Netanyahu said to the crowd at the event, according to The Jerusalem Post. "The entire nation is proud of you. You belong to the most moral army on Earth.”

“Not everyone shares this view,” he added. “I was just exposed to the daily trolling of the anti-Semitic dictator Erdoğan.” 

Erdoğan last week accused the Israeli army of kicking Palestinian people in the head, including women and children, according to The Times of Israel.   

"Erdoğan – the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey – should not preach to Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement in response.

Netanyahu and Erdoğan have been locked in an intensifying war of words as regional tensions increase following President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria.

Netanyahu last week said that Israel will maintain its current policy of acting "against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria." 

According to CNN, Trump told Erdoğan during a phone call ahead of his decision to pull the troops, "OK, it's all yours. We are done." Erdoğan has pledged that Turkey will continue to seek to clear the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group from Syria. 

Erdoğan and Netanyahu have long publicly attacked one another, as Turkey supports Hamas, the militant body that has led the Gaza Strip for more than a decade. 

“Erdoğan used to attack me every two hours, and now it is every six hours,” Netanyahu said on Saturday.