Erdogan to Hamdallah: “Defend against Judaization of Jerusalem”

Yesterday, the Turkish President met Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Istanbul following Erdogan’s anti-Israel speech, in which he called Israel’s policy in Jerusalem racist and discriminatory and called for all Muslims to visit al-Aqsa mosque. According to the report, Erdogan presented Hamdallah with the necessity to “act together in order to defend against the Judaization of Jerusalem.”
Erdogan to Hamdallah: “Defend against the Judaization of Jerusalem” Photo Credit: Ma’an News Agency/Channel 2 News

Mere hours after his anti-Israel speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah yesterday (Monday) and according to a statement from Hamdallah, the two discussed ways “to defend against the Judaization of Jerusalem.”

Hamdallah reported to Erdogan and the meeting’s participants about the political situation and “Israel’s violations.” The two even discussed the hunger strike of the Palestinian security prisoners within Israel.

The two conversed about the possibility of creating a joint Palestinian-Turkish committee and a school for Palestinians in Turkey. According to Hamdallah, Erdogan “agreed with the necessity to consolidate efforts in order to protect Jerusalem against Judaization attempts.”

“As long as Erdogan is the leader of Turkey, ties will not return to be as they were in the past,” stated Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein regarding Israeli-Turkish relations after Erdogan and Hamdallah’s remarks were publicized.

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