Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed off the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, red-faced from verbally sparring with President Shimon Peres over the recent fighting in Gaza.
Erdogan told Peres: “You are killing people.”
Please note that no translation is provided for Erdogan’s comments in the clip below.
A finger-pointing Peres told Erdogan at Thursday’s panel that he would have done the same if rockets had been hitting Istanbul.
The Turkish prime minister asked the moderator, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, to let him speak once more.
“Only a minute,” Ignatius replied.
Erdogan said in Turkish that, “I remember two former prime ministers in your country who said they felt very happy when they were able to enter Palestine on tanks.”
“I find it very sad that people applaud what you said. There have been many people killed. And I think that it is very wrong and it is not humanitarian,” he said.
Ignatius said, “We can’t start the debate again. We just don’t have time.”
Erdogan said, “Please let me finish.” Ignatius responded: “We really do need to get people to dinner.”