Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan separately told reporters that he held Mr Netanyahu personally responsible for the growing civilian death toll in the Gaza Strip.
“Netanyahu is no longer someone we can talk to. We have written him off,” Turkish media quoted Mr Erdogan as saying.
Israel earlier withdrew all its diplomats from Turkey and other regional countries as a security precaution.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said last weekend it was “re-evaluating” its relations with Ankara because of Turkey’s increasingly heated rhetoric about the Israel-Hamas war.
Mr Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey was not fully breaking off diplomatic relations with Israel.
“Completely severing ties is not possible, especially in international diplomacy,” he said.
He said MIT intelligence agency chief Ibrahim Kalin was spearheading Turkey’s efforts to try to mediate an end to the war.
“Ibrahim Kalin is talking to the Israeli side. Of course, he is also negotiating with Palestine and Hamas,” Mr Erdogan said.
But he added that Mr Netanyahu bore the primary responsibility for the violence and had “lost the support of his own citizens”.
“What he needs to do is take a step back and stop this,” he said.
The Turkish leader had taken a more cautious tone in the first days of the war.
But he led a massive rally in Istanbul last weekend, during which he accused the Israel government of behaving like a “war criminal” and trying to “eradicate” Palestinians.
Mr Blinken will begin a two-day visit to Ankara on Sunday as part of his Middle East tour.
The top US diplomat was meeting Arab counterparts in the Jordanian capital Amman on Saturday, after visiting Israel the day before.
But he left Israel empty-handed on Friday after urging its leaders to do more to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s war to destroy Hamas. AFP
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