Turkey says U.S. possible relocation of embassy to Jerusalem "extremely worrying"

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2017

Jerusalem (al-Quds) remains at the core of the perennial Israel-Palestine conflict, as Palestinians want Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of a future state.

US President Donald Trump is expected to give a speech on Wednesday in which he could recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said, "We are not accepting instructions or threats from the Turkish president".

"There would be no more righteous or proper an historical move now than recognizing Jerusalem, the Jewish people's capital for the past 3,000 years, as the capital of the State of Israel", he said.

After meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states".

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Jerusalem is claimed by both the Israelis and Palestinians as their capital. "The days of the Sultan and the Ottoman Empire have passed", he stated.

Erdogan also warned that if the USA does so, Turkey could cut off diplomatic ties with Israel.

"Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3,000 years and the capital of Israel for the past 70 years", an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity, amid the flurry of remarks by high-ranking politicians around the world. "Erdogan, you have enough troubles in Turkey - worry about your own issues and don't threaten us".

Ankara has previously threatened to sever ties with Jerusalem.

In the meantime, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation issued a statement on Monday condemning an anticipated announcement by the U.S. president, saying its 57 member states should sever ties with any country that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem or recognizes Israel's sovereignty over the city.

Also, Trump missed a deadline on Monday to sign a waiver which would postpone moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a campaign pledge he has delayed fulfilling.

"We will discuss this further with Prime Minister Netanyahu next Monday here in Brussels", she added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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