Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who continues his military operation in the Gaza Strip, saying that he is "no different from Hitler."

Prime Minister Netanyahu has strongly opposed this, and relations between the two countries have continued to deteriorate.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed a ceremony held in the capital Ankara on the 27th, saying of Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip, "As Muslims, we are ashamed that we cannot stop this repression."

On top of that, he said, "What Netanyahu is doing is somehow different from what Hitler did, no, it is no different from what Hitler did," and sharply criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu, citing Hitler of Nazi Germany, who once slaughtered Jews.

In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu strongly objected, saying, "Erdogan, who massacres Kurds and imprisons reporters critical of the regime, cannot preach morality to us," and "The Israeli army is fighting Hamas, a brutal terrorist organization that Erdogan praises."

While President Erdogan has emphasized his stance of defending Hamas, he has repeatedly accused Israel of being a "terrorist state," and both sides have recalled diplomats stationed in the other country, and the relationship between the two countries has continued to deteriorate.