Erdogan's response was predictably bitter, but also astonishingly childish for a supposed international statesman. He implied that the leader of the CHP had ties to the Economist and to Israel and that this influence is what had caused the Economist article to be written.
He linked The Economist to Israel and his political rival CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu: "Obviously the greeting that the CHP chairman sent to Israel found its response. An international magazine, I announce its name too -- The Economist -- publishes an analysis. Not indirectly, but directly, it says 'Vote for CHP.' How careless is this? How tactless is this?"
Another leading AK Party candidate, former Interior Minister Besir Atalay, was quoted in the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman saying "We all know about the impact of the Israeli lobby in international media institutions. I consider this a reflection of Turkey's policies in regards to Israel and the Palestinian people."
This is the kind of sick paranoia that is widespread in the autocracies of the Middle East. But Turkey is above all that, so modern and European, isn't it? Obviously not. Turkey is just a Middle Eastern Muslim country like any other. Erdogan's rhetoric is no different to what we would expect from someone like Ahmadinejad.