In a televised address this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Israel over its new government’s plan to claim parts of the West Bank.
“We are witnessing a new plan of occupation and annexation by Israel that threatens Palestinian sovereignty and is contrary to international law”, Erdogan said, adding Turkey is the “only voice defending the Palestinians today”.
Erdogan went on to assert his country “won’t allow the transfer of Palestinian land to anyone”, and “the world order has let down the Palestinians and has not successfully brought peace, justice, security, and order to this part of the world”.
He referred to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount as the location “holy to three religions” dubbing it “the red line” for Muslims worldwide.
At a meeting behind closed doors with MKs this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated the July date set out in the country’s newly inaugurated coalition agreement for kickstarting the process of extending sovereignty and made it clear to his Likud lawmakers he has no intention of backtracking on the decision.
Netanyahu’s plans are in accordance with the Middle East plan unveiled by the US administration back in January, which okays extending Israeli sovereignty over roughly 30 percent of the West Bank.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week announced that he was severing all security ties with Israel due to Netanyahu’s declared intentions.