Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hamas 'appreciates' Erdogan's position on Jerusalem

Hamas 'appreciates' Erdogan's position on Jerusalem

Jordan's King Abdullah II will visit Turkey on Wednesday on an invitation from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with the potential for the USA plans to announce recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on the agenda.

"Mr Trump, Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims", Erdogan said on Tuesday in a speech to lawmakers from his Islamic-conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliament in Ankara.

More recently, diplomatic ties ground virtually to a halt in 2009, when 10 Turkish nationals were killed during when the Israel Navy intercepted a protest flotilla meant to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, imposed after Hamas took over the Strip in 2006. Turkey is a USA ally in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, though it has seen its relationship with Washington suffer in the past year. Diplomatic relations officially resumed in June, 2016 when the Israeli government agreed to contribute to an global compensation fund for the families of the protesters, and to allow Turkey limited access to export humanitarian aid to Gaza.

If Trump did go ahead with the move, Erdogan said he would call a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which Turkey now heads, in Istanbul. The Turkish premier also said he would call the Organization for Islamic Cooperation into emergency session in order to craft a joint front against a change in U.S. policy, which could become public as early as Wednesday.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital. Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.

Bozdag added that the recognition would "destroy the peace process", saying that the issue of Jerusalem was the key to peace in the Middle East and the world.

US President Donald Trump, who is likely going to announce this week that US recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, will surely ruffle some feathers after he makes the controversial declaration this week in a speech.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because the government has not yet commented formally.

She added that any action that could undermine the so-called two-state solution, which envisages an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, "must absolutely be avoided".

Reuters reported that Donald Trump is also expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, adding that final decisions had not yet been made.

"This can become very, very explosive", he said.

According to the presidential press office of Turkey, the king's visit will mark the 70th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Jordan.

Jordan and Egypt, the only two Arab states to have a full peace deal with Israel, have warned sharply against the USA making such a decision, saying it endangers regional peace.

Israel has been making diplomatic advances of its own in recent years, courting nations in Asia and Africa once seen as ambivalent or antagonistic towards the Jewish State.

"Anything that escalates the crisis during these times is counterproductive", Gabriel said.

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