Erdogan's policies driving Turkey to the edge: Challenger

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Turkey asks Israel's consul general in Istanbul Yosef Levi Sfari to leave the country "for a while" after at least 62 Palestinians were killed and thousands wounded by Israeli fire during protests on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is guilty of apartheid (policy of racial segregation).

On May 15, Israel's ambassador to Ankara Eitan Na'eh was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where he was asked to leave the country.

Serving as the OIC term president, Turkey had initiated an extraordinary summit in Istanbul in December 2017 in a bid to protest the U.S. decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Erdogan, now on a visit to Britain, had on Monday stepped up his rhetoric, accusing Israel of "state terror" and "genocide" over the killings.

Responding on Twitter in English, Erdogan said: "Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people's lands for 60+ yrs in violation of United Nations resolutions".

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The statement from the bank came after investors lashed the lira for 2 days running following comments from Erdogan, who said he planned to take greater control of the economy after a national election next month.

Netanyahu described Erdogan as "an expert on terror and slaughter" as a leading supporter of Palestinian group Hamas. But Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, has never shied away from criticism of Israel even as ministers pressed energy cooperation between the two sides.

Bennett, a member of the Security Cabinet, added: "At the time, I said he would return to hurt us, and I even voted against that shameful agreement, which unfortunately passed in the cabinet".

In an earlier interview with the BBC, Erdogan said Brexit presented "huge opportunities" for their commercial ties.

The events in Gaza have also sparked a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel, with both countries expelling each other's senior diplomats on Tuesday.

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