Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu, has made the bold claim that the Turkish city of Istanbul actually belongs to Christians and should be under its historic name of Constantinople.
In response to the ongoing feud between his father and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yair blasted the nation of Turkey on Twitter.
“I will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople!” Yair wrote on Twitter. “The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then a thousand years before Turkish occupation!”
Yair then went through a list of atrocities allegedly committed by Turkey.
“I’ll also remind him the genocide Turkey had done against Greeks, Assyrians, and Armenians! They ethically cleansed all Christians from Asia Minor!” he added. “Forgot to mention also these days Turkey is committing genocide to the Kurds. And occupying Northern Cyprus.”
Erdogan was predictability quick to hit back with a threat against the Israelis, directing his message at the Israeli Prime Minister.
“You need to twist your son’s ear for calling Istanbul Constantinople,” he proclaimed. “I have ways of educating Israel if Netanyahu’s son continues to use shameful nicknames.”
The Islamist Turkish ruler continued to slam Yair during a campaign rally on Monday, comparing him to Brandon Tarrant, the New Zealand mosque shooter who expressed similar views on Constantinople belonging to the Christians.
“Watch out, the statements of the son of the person who is the leader of Israel and those of the New Zealand terrorist are the same,” Erdogan declared. “They are fed by the same source.”
Yair Netanyahu has long been a critic of Turkey, posting a “Fuck Turkey” graphic on Instagram last May. He is a leading influence on his father, translating the right-wing memes he consumes online into nationalist policies.