Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel may lead to interreligious clashes, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, the country’s media reported Dec. 6.
Yildirim noted that the US shouldn’t recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as it contradicts international law.
On Dec. 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey can break off diplomatic relations with Israel in case the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Erdogan noted that the US 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 his 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 Jerusalem, 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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