Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during Istanbul Youth Festival in Istanbul on May 4, 2017. / AFP / OZAN KOSE
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A senior Israeli official telephoned Turkey's ambassador Tuesday to express indignation over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Jewish state of apartheid and anti-Muslim discrimination, diplomatic sources said.Erdogan has vowed to prevent a draft bill being advanced in Israel that would prevent the use of speakers mounted on minarets to summon Muslims to prayer and accused Israel of apartheid practices.Erdogan, a fervent supporter of Palestinians, normalized relations with Israel in June last year after bilateral ties deteriorated over a 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed 10 Turkish activists.Housing Minister Yoav Galant, however, said that Turkey and Israel need their ties.
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