Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Mossad agents that he is ‘unimpressed’ by the rhetoric used by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas against the US recognition of Jerusalem.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he is “unimpressed” by the rhetoric used by Islamic and Arab leaders against the US recognition of Jerusalem.
Speaking at a ceremony honoring distinguished Mossad agents at the President’s Residence, Netanyahu said, “The Palestinians had better acknowledge reality and act toward peace, not escalation. They should also acknowledge another fact about Jerusalem – not only is it Israel’s capital, but we also maintain the freedom of worship for all faiths. We’re the only ones in the Middle East who can keep this promise.”
The OIC summit in Istanbul Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
At an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the issue of Jerusalem is seen by Turkey as a “red line,” calling Israel “an occupying power and a terror state.” He called US President Donald Trump’s decision “provocative and unjust” and urged the US to retract it.
At the same event, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas called Trump’s decision “a blatant violation of international law,” adding that extremists could use it to turn a political dispute into a religious one.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at the summit that Israel’s nuclear war heads are “a danger to the world,” adding that his country is willing to cooperate with other Muslim countries in order to protect the rights of the Palestinians.
“The Zionists are the foreigners in the Middle East,” he said, “and they’ve planted the seeds of violence in the region.”