A senior Iranian cleric called on Sunday for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his courageous act at the World Economic Forum, the Iranian state radio IRNA reported.
According to the report, Ayatollah Naser Makerem-Shirazi told a group of students that Erdogan had "taken a decisive and crushing stand against the atrocities of the Zionist regime in the occupied lands."
Erdogan walked off stage at a panel discussion on Gaza at the World Economic Forum after tension were heightened between the Turkish premier and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Erdogan declared to the Israeli president: "Your voice is high and I know it is because of a psychology of guilt. When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill. I know very well how you hit and killed children at the beaches."
Erdogan said that "You have prime ministers who had said they felt quite happy when they entered in Palestine on tanks."
Erdogan also lashed out at the audience who applauded Peres after his speech: "I also condemn those people who applaud this cruelty. I believe that applauding the people who killed children is a crime against humanity."
Erdogan said that "Peres was not talking to a clan leader. Peres must learn how to talk to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey".
Later, Peres telephoned and "apologized" from Turkish PM Erdogan after the debate.
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