Erdogan threatens to cut ties with Israel if Jerusalem recognized as Israeli capital
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey can break off diplomatic relations with Israel in case the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Turkish media reported on Dec.5.
Erdogan noted that the United States should understand that Jerusalem is a red line for all Muslims.
Earlier, President Donald Trump proclaimed that the US intends to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In January, it was reported that the sides started negotiations on this issue.
Israel proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Day War, it seized East Jerusalem and united it with the West, but the UN did not recognize this. Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.
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