Turkey’s president warned Israel on Sunday morning that the Muslim world will “not keep quiet amid the repetitive violations at the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.” He added that he is working to relieve the tensions at the holy site. Meanwhile, the Arab League also warned Israel: “Jerusalem is a red line.”

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented Sunday morning on the recent tensions and clashes near the Temple Mount and sent a threatening message to Israel: “The Muslim world will not keep quiet amid the repetitive violations at the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.”

Erdoğan spoke to reporters before he flew to Doha, informing them that he is involved in the attempts to relieve the tensions in Jerusalem’s Old City. “We are implementing intensive efforts in order to discontinue the situation,” he said. “I’m telling Israel that the violence there needs to stop. Israel needs to act in accordance with international values and laws.”

Temple Mount, last week

Temple Mount, last week Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The Turkish president hinted in his statements that he does not stand by the deadly terror attack in Halamish. “The violation of rights in Jerusalem does not need to lead to the violation of the rights of others,” he said. “The response needs to be carried out in accordance with [the] law.”


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In addition, the Arab League issued a statement. “Israel is playing with fire,” the Arab bloc said. “Jerusalem is a red line.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the Temple Mount situation. “Since the beginning of the incidents, I’ve held a series of meetings and assessments with all of the security officials,” he said. “We are handling this with restraint, determination and responsibility.”