Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım criticized the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Thursday saying.
“This decision slightly resembles the referendum in northern Iraq. Despite international opposition, they proceeded with the referendum. We all saw what happened next,” said Yıldırım, likening the U.S. move to the illegitimate Sept. 25 referendum of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in an attempt to secede from Iraq.
Trump on Wednesday announced his decision to move the U.S.’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy site despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Erdoğan: Trump’s Jerusalem step ‘will throw the region into a ring of fire'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital completely disregarded a 1980 United Nations resolution regarding the status of the city.“The U.S. president has disregarded the 1980 UN decision. Until now, no country in the world other than the U.S. and Israel has taken a step that is contrary to the 1980 UN resolution. Only these two countries have gone against it. It is not possible to understand what Trump wants to achieve,” Erdoğan said at Esenboğa Airport in the capital Ankara before leaving for a visit to Greece.“Jerusalem was viewed as a place of worship for Muslims, Christians and Jews. It was the first kiblah of Muslims. Masjid al-Aqsa was our first kiblah. To take such a step will throw the region into a ring of fire. Political leaders should make peace, not cause disorder. Trump’s declaration aims to stir up the region, not to bring peace,” he added.Thousands across Turkey protest Trump’s Jerusalem moveErdoğan added that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet on Wednesday in Istanbul to discuss the Jerusalem decision. The OIC consists of 57 Muslim states spread across the globe.The president also said that he would speak to Pope Francis on Thursday evening or on Friday regarding Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. Prior to Trump’s announcement, the Pope said on Wednesday that "recognizing the rights of all people" in the Holy Land is a primary condition for dialogue.Stating that he has been continuing his telephone diplomacy over Jerusalem, Erdoğan said that he would also speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Western countries such as Germany, Britain, France, and Spain about Trump’s decision.Hamas says Trump's Jerusalem move opens 'gates of hell,' calls for 'day of rage'“If he says ‘I am powerful, then I am right,’ he is wrong. Being powerful doesn’t mean being right."Those who are right are powerful. He should know this," argued Erdoğan.Trump announced his decision despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.Muslim scholars blast US embassy move to JerusalemJerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem, now occupied by Israel, might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Video: Erdoğan: Trump’s Jerusalem step ‘will throw the region into a ring of fire'Arab countries denounce US Jerusalem moveTurkish, Pakistani presidents discuss JerusalemMerkel: Germany doesn’t support Trump on JerusalemQatar, Lebanon, Egypt denounce US move on Jerusalem
“Jerusalem is a holy site in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. To alter the status of Jerusalem will bear the results of an unpinned grenade,” he added.
Turkey will host an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation on Dec. 13 to discuss the U.S. move.
Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem, now occupied by Israel, might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Hamas says Trump's Jerusalem move opens 'gates of hell,' calls for 'day of rage'
The Islamic Resistant Movement Hamas has declared Friday a “day of rage” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A statement released by Hamas said the “day of rage” was organized to “respond to the U.S. decision that targets the holy city” and send a message to Israel “with all available means.”The statement added that Jerusalem was the “red line” and said the U.S. move would "open the gates of hell." Hamas Political Bureau President Ismail Hani addressed the Muslim world and called for the "fulfilling of a historic responsibility and uniting against the pro-Israel U.S. administration." Apart from the “day of rage” for Palestine, the Hamas statement added that there will be wide protests in front of U.S. embassies and consulates in the world.“We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘day of rage’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” said the Hamas statement.“The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond by all means available to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line and we will not allow any desecration of it,” it added.Erdoğan says US decision on Jerusalem disregards United NationsPresident Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated a plan to move the U.S.’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he said at the White House.Trump posters burntPalestinians poured to the streets to protest the U.S. decision. Hundreds participated in the protest in the West Bank. U.S. and Israel flags as well as Trump posters were burnt. Palestinian flags and placards reacting to the Jerusalem issue were unfurled. Protestors chanted “America is the head of the snake, Palestinians will not surrender.”Jerusalem belongs to PalestineIn Lebanon, the Daily Star newspaper ran a full page photograph of Jerusalem on its cover with the headline "No offense Mr. President, Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine." Across social media, the hashtag #JerusalemIsTheCapitalofPalestine received widespread support. Social media users expressed their concerns regarding the move, saying that Trump was trying to hinder peace in the Middle East and around the world."It incites feelings of anger among all Muslims and threatens world peace," said Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque, one of Islam's most important institutions."The gates of hell will be opened in the West before the East," he added, warning of the possible reaction.The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) described the U.S. decision as "a provocative move that could push the region to the brink of hell.”The move, the union added, “will push the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim people to defend their holy city by any means necessary.”Global condemnationArabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as incendiary in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator.The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.Major U.S. allies came out against Trump's reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem.
Australia says it will not move embassy to Jerusalem
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that her country's embassy will continue to provide diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv, ruling out any plans to move its mission to Jerusalem following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of the Holy City as Israel's capital on Wednesday."The Australian Government is committed to a two-state solution, whereby the Israeli people and the Palestinian people can live in peace, side by side within internationally recognised boundaries and that remains our foreign policy objective in relation to the issues in Israel with the Israeli state and the Palestinian authority. And we will not be taking steps to move our embassy, it will continue to offer diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv," Bishop said.Trump announced his decision despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Arab countries denounce US Jerusalem moveMerkel: Germany doesn’t support Trump on JerusalemQatar, Lebanon, Egypt denounce US move on JerusalemTurkey slams 'unacceptable' US Jerusalem move
Iraq demands that US backtrack about Jerusalem
Iraq demanded that the U.S. government backtrack on a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital to avoid fueling terrorism, the Iraqi government said on Thursday."We caution against the dangerous repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region and the world," a government statement said."The U.S. administration has to backtrack on this decision to stop any dangerous escalation that would fuel extremism and create conditions favorable to terrorism," it said.Protests in Jordan over Trump's Jerusalem declarationArab countries denounce US Jerusalem moveQatar, Lebanon, Egypt denounce US move on Jerusalem
Muslim scholars blast US embassy move to Jerusalem
The Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Wednesday called for an “Arab-Muslim uprising” after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital."We call upon the Muslim nation's scholars and preachers to convey the seriousness of the U.S. decision to Muslims worldwide,” the IUMS said in a statement.The union went on to call for demonstrations across the region in upcoming days to show solidarity with Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause."Protests should be held within the framework of a popular uprising for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem]," the statement read.Erdoğan says US decision on Jerusalem disregards United NationsThe IUMS described the U.S. decision as "a provocative move that could push the region to the brink of hell”.The move, the union added, “will push the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim people to defend their holy city by any means necessary”.Ahmed al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, called for an international conference to be held in January to discuss Jerusalem’s fate.Protests in Jordan over Trump's Jerusalem declarationThe event, he said, should be attended by leading scholars from across the Muslim world, Christian clergymen and relevant regional and international institutions with a view to discussing “practical steps” for supporting the Palestinian people."We warn of the U.S. decision’s serious repercussions on the identity of the holy city," Tayeb said in a statement released following Trump’s Wednesday announcement.He added: “Recognizing occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity -- and the transfer of embassies to the city -- constitutes a flagrant denial of Palestinian and Arab rights."