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Tyrkias statsminister Recep Tayyip Erdogan tålte ikke at Shimon Peres fikk applaus i Davos for sin tale om Gaza og at han selv ikke fikk snakket ferdig om Israels uhyrligheter. Erdogan ble så sint at han stormet ut fra debatten. Et sjeldent syn i Davos.

In some of the most dramatic moments seen at the normally restrained Davos meetings, Erdogan marched off in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other panel members complaining that his comments on the conflict were cut short.

«I do not think I will be coming back to Davos after this because you do not let me speak,» the prime minister shouted as he left, though he said later he could reconsider.

Erdogan criticised the audience of international officials and corporate chiefs for applauding Peres’s emotional defence of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, which left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead.

Erdogan, who leads one of the few Muslim countries to have diplomatic relations with Israel and who has sought a peacemaker’s role in the Middle East conflict, said Israel had carried out «barbarian» actions in Gaza.

«I find it very sad that people applaud what you have said because many people have been killed,» he shouted at Peres before being halted by the moderator, Washington Post journalist David Ignatius.

«We can’t start the debate again we just don’t have time,» Ignatius pleaded as he remonstrated with the Turkish premier.

Turkish prime minister storms out of Gaza debate