Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Criticizes Erdogan on Armenian Genocide

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 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.