During the inauguration of the 55th airport in Hakkari Province, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire.


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According to a report published by Palestinian dissident Walid Shoebat, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke during the inauguration ceremony of the country’s 55th airport in Hakkari Province.  The airport is named the Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport after Saladin of the Ayyubi dynasty, the Muslim ruler of Kurdish origin that conquered Jerusalem and was a great enemy of the Christian Crusaders especially Richard the Lionheart.  During the ceremony, both Turkish leaders spoke of their desire to conquer Jerusalem and to re-establish the Ottoman Empire. 

“By Allah’s will, Jerusalem belongs to the Kurds, the Turks, the Arabs, and to all Muslims,” Davutoglu declared.  “And as our forefathers fought side by side at Gallipoli and just as our forefathers went together to liberate Jerusalem with Saladin, we will march on the same path to liberate Jerusalem.  The Turkish government does not differentiate from East to West.  We intend to put together all of the regions of our nations and we will bring these regions back together.”    

Erdogan’s speech was even more grandiose.   He proclaimed himself to be the reincarnation of Saladin, who will kick whom he perceives to be the modern day crusaders out of Jerusalem by uniting the Muslim world behind him by hinting at the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire: “I am sure that the great commander Saladin is bringing together all of the peoples of the Middle East into the one army that defeated the Crusaders.  Saladin is currently witnessing what we are doing here spiritually.  I was in his spiritual presence and I am addressing him here in Hakkari with the mighty men, be it eastern, brave south-eastern, valiant Anatolian in Old Turkey.”

“Jerusalem is for the Muslims and not for Israel,” Erdogan added.  “Why should we continue to be friends with those that stomped their boots on the Temple Mount?  They insist that we have to be friends?  I say, we will not.”   Erdogan promised to follow in Saladin’s footsteps: “They all promise you O Saladin, if you united the brothers in the Middle East, so will we.  Saladin said ‘Jerusalem is not for the Crusaders.’  Saladin witnessed this.  Allah witnesses this.  One people, one flag, one nation and one state!”