Turkey's Islamist leader delivers latest anti-Israel outburst amid escalation in East Jerusalem

In a trademark anti-Israel rant, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced the Jewish state as a "cruel terrorist state" in a speech in Ankara.

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"Israel, the cruel terrorist state, attacks the Muslims in Jerusalem — whose only concern is to protect their homes... and their sacred values — in a savage manner devoid of ethics," said Erdogan, referring to the clashes in East Jerusalem between Palestinian rioters and Israeli security forces.

The violence in Jerusalem was "an attack on all Muslims", he said, adding that "protecting the honor of Jerusalem is a duty for every Muslim." Read more at i24