Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Wednesday he sees "no reason morally and historically" not to recognize the Armenian Genocide, adding that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an "is truly an enemy."
A new diplomatic crisis erupted between Jerusalem and Ankara after Erdo?an leveled harsh criticism at Israel over the high death toll in clashes on the Gaza border between Palestinians and IDF.
In response, Israel asked Turkey's consul-general in Jerusalem to leave.
In an interview with Ynet on Wednesday, Minister Yisrael Katz called to support a bill proposal by opposition MK Itzik Shmuli calling on the Israeli government to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide—the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire, from 1915 to 1917.
Shmuli slammed Erdo?an, calling him "the barbaric and anti-Semitic Sultan of Ankara" who "dares preach the State of Israel about morals, while he's bombing the Kurds in northwestern Syria every day."