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Netanyahu, Erdogan Feud as Confrontations With Iran Threaten

Benjamin Netanyahu and  Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Benjamin Netanyahu and  Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Photographer: Ronen Zvullun/Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Calling each other “baby killer” and “antisemitic dictator” might not be the best way to join forces against a shared threat, but that’s the level of discourse between Turkey and Israel these days.

Both countries stand to lose from the anticipated widening of Iranian influence in Syria after U.S. President Donald Trump announced last week he was pulling American forces out of that country. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reignited a war of words against Israel and its army’s treatment of the Palestinians over the weekend, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t left wanting.