"Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople," to quote the famous tongue-in-cheek song. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan found nothing funny about Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son referring to the city by its previous, pre-Turkish name.
Erdogan on Saturday demanded that Netanyahu "twist the ear" of his eldest son, Yair, after he publicly called out Turkish hypocrisy. Failing that, Erdogan warned that he had "other ways to educate Israel."
The Turkish leader has been a prominent voice in Israel's current election campaign, accusing Netanyahu and his Likud party of blatant discrimination against and oppression of the Holy Land's "indigenous" Arab inhabitants. Last week, he called Netanyahu a "tyrant" who "massacres" Palestinian children.
That's when Yair entered the ongoing spat between his father and Erdogan by tweeting:
"I will remind him [Erdogan] that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then [sic] a thousand years before Turkish occupation!"
In a subsequent post he added:
"I’ll also remind him the genocide turkey had done against Greeks, Assyrians, and Armenians! They ethically [sic] cleansed all Christians from Asia Minor!"
Yair Netanyahu later urged others to help him "piss off the Mad Turk" by posting to Twitter using the hashtag #Istanbul_is_Constaninople.
PHOTO: Yair Netanyahu's brash public rhetoric has landed him in trouble before. (Flash90)