Energy Minister Israel Katz signs off on the expansion of natural gas exports to Egypt, August 23, 2023. (via Twitter)
“The president of Turkey, the country that carried out the Armenian genocide and thought the world would shut up about it, is ‘proud’ today that he handed over to The Hague tribunal materials that accuse Israel of genocide,” Katz tweets.
“We heard you. We have not forgotten the Armenian holocaust and [Turkey’s] massacres of the Kurds. You are the real genocide perpetrators. We are defending ourselves from your barbarian friends,” he adds.
Israel for decades has bucked Armenian pleas for Jerusalem to formally recognize the genocide perpetrated during the Ottoman Empire, not wanting to sour its ties with Turkey and Azerbaijan, which deny one took place.