Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave a vitriolic speech Sunday before hundreds of thousands of supporters, comparing Israel’s actions to those of Adolf Hitler and warning the Jewish state will “drown in the blood it sheds.”
“Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target,” Mr. Erdogan said at his biggest rally so far ahead of the Sunday election, Reuters reported.
“They kill women so that they will not give birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they won’t grow up; they kill men so they can’t defend their country … They will drown in the blood they shed,” he said.
Over 50 million Turks are expected to vote Aug. 10 to directly elect their president for the first time.
Two polls last month had the prime minister with a 20-point lead over the main opposition candidate, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Reuters reported.
“August 10 will be a cornerstone,” Mr. Erdogan said Sunday. “Do you know what you will say to your children, to your grandchildren in the future? That you have voted for the first president that the people voted for.”