Erdogan threatens Turkey may cut off ties with Israel if US recognizes Jerusalem as capital

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, formal American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “a red line for Muslims around the world.” He added that if the US decides to change its perception of Jerusalem, Turkey would consider severing its diplomatic ties with Israel.
Netanyahu and Erdoğan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on today (Tuesday) that if the US decides to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy to the city, Ankara may sever its diplomatic ties with Israel. “The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a red line for Muslims around the world,” he reportedly told the US President over the phone.

Earlier today, JOL reported that US President Donald Trump has decided to postpone the announcement of his decision regarding the American embassy move and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until next week. The delay comes amid the increasing reservations from several countries in the world, including France and Saudi Arabia, which are concerned that such an announced would harm the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Trump and Erdoğan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“No action though will be taken on the waiver today and we will declare a decision on the waiver in the coming days,” Hogan Gidley, a spokesperson for the Trump administration, said on Monday.

Palestinian media outlets reported yesterday that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas had warned that such an announcement by Trump would be met with a “day of rage.” Last week, Palestinian officials warned the Trump administration that a formal American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would “terminate” the chance for peace negotiations.

Hamas also sent a warning to the White House, saying that if Trump indeed declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital, there will be immediate consequences on the ground. In the statement, Hamas said that it is “warning Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as the State of Israel’s capital.” The Palestinian terrorist group said that its members want to clarify to Trump that Jerusalem is “a Muslim city and the capital of the Palestinian people.”

Hamas added that such a declaration by Trump would prompt the group to call for an escalation in “the Jerusalem Intifada,” the terror wave that began in September 2015. According to two Washington sources, Trump was expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital tomorrow, Reuters and Axios Media reported last week.



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