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Foreign Minister Israel Katz slams Turkish Erdoğan

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Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted Friday in response to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's earlier statement that Ankara is preparing documents for a "genocide lawsuit" against Israel at the International Court of Justice. 

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip © Mena Today 

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted Friday in response to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's earlier statement that Ankara is preparing documents for a "genocide lawsuit" against Israel at the International Court of Justice. 

"From a country with the Armenian Genocide in its past, now boasts of targeting Israel with unfounded claims. We remember the Armenians and the Kurds. Your history speaks for itself. Israel stands in defense, not destruction, against your barbarian allies."

Turkey, established in 1923 after the Ottoman Empire collapsed, has always denied there was a systematic campaign to annihilate Armenians.

Turkey is providing documents for a case brought by South Africa against Israel at the U.N.'s top court on a charge of committing genocide against Palestinian civilians, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Turkey would continue to provide documents, mostly visuals, on Israel's attacks on Gaza.

"I believe Israel will be convicted there. We believe in the justice of the International Court of Justice", Erdogan said.

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