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Israeli PM rejects charge of killing hundreds of thousands

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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday described as “outrageous” remarks by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he claimed Israel had killed “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians.

In an interview with the English-language Jerusalem Post, excerpts of which were published on Monday, the Israeli prime minister expressed anger over comments made by Erdogan in an weekend interview with US cable network CNN.

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In the interview, footage of which is available on CNN’s website, Erdogan said there were no accurate statistics about the number of Israelis killed in the conflict, suggesting up to “200” while he said “hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were killed.”

He also accused Israel of “using” the genocide of the Nazi Holocaust to perpetuate the idea that “they are the victims all the time.”

“Both allegations are false,” Netanyahu told the paper, with his spokesman Mark Regev confirming the quotes as accurate to AFP.

“These are outrageous charges against Israel that have nothing to do with the facts.”

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Netanyahu said thousands of Israelis had been killed in Palestinian violence and that Israel had certainly not taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

“We don’t use the Holocaust, the Holocaust was the worst crime in history perpetuated against our people.

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“To hear this allegation at the beginning of the 21st century, just 60 years after Holocaust, is outrageous,” he told the paper an interview on his return from the UN General Assembly in New York.

“In Israel we are used to telling the truth and the truth is that these allegations are completely false.”

Once close allies, Israel and Turkey have been locked in an increasingly bitter dispute over a botched Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which left nine Turkish nationals dead in May 2010.

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Earlier this month, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and froze military ties and defence trade deals. Ankara has also threatened to send warships to escort any Turkish vessels trying to reach Hamas-ruled Gaza.

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President Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning by going on a multi-tweet rant about the New York Times where he blamed them for his poor poll numbers and called them "an evil propaganda machine.'

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Trump suggests hitting France with 100 percent tariff on wine over dispute with Macron

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According to a report from Bloomberg, President Donald Trump publicly suggested that he would consider a 100 percent tariff on wines coming from France.

The report states that the president recently made the suggestion as part of his trade war that has crippled American manufacturers and farmers while at the same time hitting American consumers' wallets.

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Police in Fuzhou, eastern Fujian province, said "in recent days" they had received a tip about a package sent to a Fujian-based sporting goods company.

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