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Netanyahu Jr. Blasts Turkey as “Founded Upon the Greek Genocide”

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Yair Netanyahu, pictured on the right with his family, has again blasted Turkey and its genocide of Greeks. Credit: Instagram/yair_netanyahu

The outspoken son of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair, expressed his outrage at Turkey’s support of Hamas by saying that the country is founded on the Genocide of Greek Christians.

He uploaded a graph on Twitter which depicts the composition of Muslims and Christians within today’s Turkey over the centuries.

In another tweet directed towards Turkish bots on the internet, he said “you are not native to Anatolia, you came from Central Asia and did a genocide to the local Greek Christian population.

“Istanbul is actually Constantinople and you illegally occupied it,” he said.

“You also did a genocide to the Armenians,” Yair Netanyahu continued, before pointing out that “Turkey occupies northern Cyprus and Syria, as well as Kurdistan,” he added.

This is not the first time that Yair Netanyahu has has used strong language in social media against Turkey.

Erdogan asks Netanyahu to “twist the ear” of his son

In March 2019, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his father to “twist the ear” of his son as punishment for calling Istanbul Constantinople, the city’s former name when it was part of the Byzantine Empire.

Erdogan said he had “other ways to educate Israel” if Netanyahu or his son continued with their name-calling.

The remarks at a political event came days after Yair Netanyahu went after the Turkish leader on Twitter, joining a public spat between his father and Erdogan.

“I will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then (sic) a thousand years before Turkish occupation!” the younger Netanyahu tweeted.

His Twitter tirade against the Turkish leader came after Erdogan blasted his father as a “tyrant” who “massacred” Palestinian children.

Turkey and Israel have tense relations, and Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies. The two leaders have exchanged barbs in the past over Gaza.

Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week that the international community should “give Israel a strong and deterrent lesson” over its conduct towards the Palestinians.

Erdogan made the comment during a phone call with Putin on Wednesday, Turkey’s Presidential Communications Directorate said, amid escalating violence in occupied East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Turkey, which in 1949 became the first Muslim-majority country to recognise Israel, first broke off ties with Israel in 2010.

That was after 10 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos who boarded a Turkish-owned ship, the Mavi Marmara, which was part of a flotilla trying to deliver aid and break Israel’s year-long maritime blockade on Gaza.

The Israeli blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip has been in place since June 2007, when Israel imposed an airtight land, sea and air blockade on the area.

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