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Report: Netanyahu Called Erdogan ‘Unpredictable and Reckless’

This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows a file photo taken on November 19, 2017 of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) attending the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem and a file photo taken on December 15, 2017 of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the inauguration …
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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the foreign ministers of Greece and Cyprus last month that he is deeply pessimistic about Turkey’s future as a democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said he believes its economy is destined for further decline.

“Turkey is becoming undemocratic,” Netanyahu said, according to a Wednesday Channel 10 report that cited Israeli officials familiar with the September meeting. “Erdogan calls me ‘Hitler’ every two weeks. It’s a systemic problem – I don’t see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said, also noting his concerns that Turkey may take delivery of the advanced F-35 fighter jets.

“Erdogan is making economic decisions that make no sense,” he said. “The situation there is getting worse.” Netanyahu warned the Greek and Cypriot officials the Turkish leader may act to sabotage their natural gas drilling operations in the Mediterranean, according to the report.

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