The Turkish government's spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into "a fire with no end in sight".
"Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Twitter.
"I call on everyone to act logically, respect the agreements they signed and behave reasonably, avoid risking world peace for domestic politics or other reasons," he said.
U.S. officials have said President Donald Trump is likely to give a speech on Wednesday unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a step that would break with decades of U.S. policy.
02:31 dk 05 Aralık 2017 Yeni Şafak Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on President Donald Trump regarding reports that he may move the U.S.'s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the country's capital, and said: “Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims. If such step is taken, we will gather the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in a leaders' summit in Istanbul within 5-10 days." He noted that this step “could even lead to the cutting of diplomatic ties with Israel."
Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. It later annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital, a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Jerusalem is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, as it includes sites known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary), al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the rock, as well as an ancient Jewish temple.
Ex-Israeli diplomats warn US on Jerusalem status
A group of former Israeli diplomats, academics and peace activists have warned against U.S. plans to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital.In a letter to U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, they warned that a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could “ignite” the region, according to Israeli daily Haaretz."We are deeply concerned by recent reports that President Trump is seriously considering the announcement of his decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel," they said in the letter."It is universally recognized that the status of Jerusalem, the city that houses the holy sites of the three principal monotheistic religions, lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and must be determined within the context of resolving that conflict,” they added.The letter warned that the American move would further complicate Palestinian-Israeli relations and torpedo the Middle East peacemaking.Among signatories of the letter were former Israeli ambassador to South Africa Ilan Baruch, former ambassador to France Eline Barnavi and former foreign ministry undersecretary Alon Liet.Trump to declare Jerusalem Israeli capital: officialsUS intention to move Israel embassy sign of 'incompetence and failure': Iran Supreme LeaderPalestinian envoy says US recognition of Jerusalem is 'declaring war'Trump is widely expected to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy to the city.The decision will place the U.S. at odds with the rest of the world, excluding Israel, reverse decades of American policy and stymy any effort to resume long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinians.Jerusalem remains at the core of the perennial Israel-Palestine conflict as Palestinians want Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
US intention to move Israel embassy sign of 'incompetence and failure': Iran Supreme Leader
The U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem is a sign of its incompetence and failure, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, according to his personal website.U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially stirring unrest."That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure," Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of MuslimsPalestinian envoy says US recognition of Jerusalem is 'declaring war'British foreign secretary 'concerned' about planned US recognition of JerusalemHamas declares ‘day of rage’ over Jerusalem crisis
Palestinian envoy says US recognition of Jerusalem is 'declaring war'
U.S. President Donald Trump would effectively be making a declaration of war if he recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinians' chief representative to Britain said on Wednesday."If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution," Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview."He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel," Hassassian added.Senior U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. embassy to the city. British foreign secretary 'concerned' about planned US recognition of JerusalemHamas ‘appreciates’ Erdoğan’s position on JerusalemTurkish PM says Trump’s plan for Jerusalem ‘unlawful'