Erdogan to Trump: “Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims”

Erdogan to Trump: “Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims”

President Donald Trump’s possible future move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused a slightly chaotic scene, with Turkey and Israel appearing ready to pick a fight over Jerusalem.

Earlier on Tuesday, December 5, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “Mr. Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” adding that “This could go as far as cutting our diplomatic relations with Israel. You cannot take such a step”. Erdoğan was speaking at a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Like always, Turkey’s head was more than clear and a bit sarcastic saying -as written in the English edition of Hurriyet- “Has the U.S. completed everything and only this is left? Such a move would not only be a violation of international law, but also ‘a big blow to the conscience of the humanity”.

But, as one could guess none of what Erdogan said would remain without a reply from Israel’s side. As a result, Emmanuel Nahshon, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson  answered that whether or not the Turkish president recognises it, Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital for 70 years.

Moreover, the Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transport Israel Katz used Twitter to tell the world and Erdogan in particular that “We don’t take orders or accept threats from the president of Turkey”.

Let us not forget that the bitter political and diplomatic taste of the Turkey-Israel ties, that had changed after a 2010 deadly incident which had left 10 activists from Turkey dead, killed by Israelis who had stormed their ship transferring aid to Gaza, saw betterment only last year.

Ever since, both sides have made significant progress in working together, especially in the energy field. However, “Erdoğan, who regards himself a champion of the Palestinian cause, is still often bitterly critical of Israeli policy”, writes Hurriyet…/IBNA