Netanyahu: Turkey Leader's Remarks 'Scandalous'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks at the U.N. "mendacious and scandalous."

"These are outrageous charges against Israel that have nothing to do with the facts," Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office.

Among other things, Erdogan downplayed the Nazi genocide and claimed Israel had killed "hundreds of thousands of Palestinians."

"The Holocaust was the worst crime in history perpetrated against our people…and Israel has lost thousands of its citizens to Palestinian terrorism," Netanyahu said.

In an interview with TIME, Erdogan said if the U.N. had imposed sanctions on Israel, the conflict would have been resolved long ago.

"When it's Iran in question, you impose sanctions -- similarly with Sudan. What happens with Israel then?" Erdogan said.

Meanwhile, Syrian Ambassador Faisal al-Hamwi told the U.N. Human Rights Council Monday that Palestinian reports of human rights violations reflect Israel's "aggressive tendency against the Arab people."

He claimed this shows that Israel is committing "state terrorism."

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