Yisrael Katz, the new Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs has criticized Turkish President Erdogan on the Armenian genocide, after it came to light that Turkey would be sending documents to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in order to support South Africa’s present case against Israel in the ICJ for what they allege is genocide carried out in Gaza.
The President of Turkey @RTErdogan, from a country with the Armenian Genocide in its past, now boasts of targeting Israel with unfounded claims. We remember the Armenians, the Kurds. Your history speaks for itself. Israel stands in defense, not destruction, against your barbarian… pic.twitter.com/c9g9YLNKRe
— ????? ?”? Israel Katz (@Israel_katz) January 12, 2024
The foreign ministers words are of particular note because, officially speaking, Israel does not recognize the Armenian genocide. Similarly, this is the first time that a senior Israeli official has described the Armenian genocide as genocide.
Turkey and Israel have faced significantly strained relations since the beginning of the present Israel-Gaza war, where Turkey has consistently referred to Israel’s bombardment and siege of Gaza as genocidal.