After Turkey announced it was recalling its ambassador from Israel amid its ongoing war against Hamas, the foreign ministry is accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of siding with Hamas.

In particular, in a response issued on Saturday night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel characterizes Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to recall the ambassador “another step by the Turkish president to side with the terrorist organization Hamas». The announcement added that “Hamas is the real enemy of the Palestinian people.”

The ministry also defends Israeli military operations in Gaza as a “war of self-defense.”

Turkey’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Saturday saying that the ambassador to Tel Aviv, Sakir Ozkan, has been recalled to Ankara “for consultations”.

Israel’s envoys to Turkey left the country last month for security reasons.

On Saturday morning returning from Astana, Erdogan told reporters that Turkey is no longer talking to Netanyahu: “Let me tell you this, Netanyahu is no longer someone we can talk to. We deleted him and threw him away.”