Peres Is a Liar, He Made Me Cry, Says Turkey PM's Wife

Emine Erdogan tells PA paper that she is not usually prone to responding on political matters, but 'Peres pushed me to my limits, as he constantly lies.'

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Emine Erdogan, wife of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused President Shimon Peres of being a liar during a meeting with Palestinian business women in Ankara.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan. Credit: AP

Recalling her husband's confrontation with the president at the Davos Summit in January 2009, Emine said she thought to herself "G-d, he [Peres] is such a liar, someone must stop him," she told the Palestinian women.

The Turkish prime minister stormed off the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, red-faced from verbally sparring with Peres over the fighting during Israel's Gaza offensive in December 2008.

Erdogan was angry after being cut off by a panel moderator after listening to an impassioned monologue by Peres defending Israel's 22-day offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayam on Saturday Erdogan's wife said her husband's diplomatic row with Peres was not intended, and that she was "close to madness" when she heard Peres speak and defend the 2009 Gaza offensive.

"How is it possible that Israelis lie like that, their president Peres uttering a chain of lies in front of the entire world?" she asked the Palestinian paper. "I told myself, G-d, shut that man up. And suddenly I saw Turkish Prime minister Erdogan's head exploding [with rage] and I started to cry. When they asked me why I was crying I said it was because, that man, Peres, is a liar."

Emine added that she is not usually prone to responding on political matters, but that "Peres pushed me to my limits, as he constantly lies."

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