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Ankara - Turkey Says Recognizing Jerusalem As Capital Would Cause Catastrophe

Published on: December 4, 2017 10:00 AM
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Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag addresses the Turkish Parliament during a debate in Ankara in this March 19, 2014 file photo. ReutersJustice Minister Bekir Bozdag addresses the Turkish Parliament during a debate in Ankara in this March 19, 2014 file photo. Reuters

Ankara - A formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would cause catastrophe and lead to new conflict in the Middle East, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Bozdag, who is also the government spokesman, said Jerusalem’s status had been determined by international agreements and that preserving it was important for the peace of the region.

“The status of Jerusalem and Temple Mount have been determined by international agreements. It is important to preserve Jerusalem’s status for the sake of protecting peace in the region,” Bozdag said.

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“If another step is taken and this step is lifted, this will be a major catastrophe.”

Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. It later annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital—a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law said Trump had not yet made a decision on whether to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that would break with decades of U.S. policy.

Past U.S. presidents have insisted that the status of Jerusalem—home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions—must be decided in negotiations.

On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which they discussed the status of Jerusalem, sources in Erdogan’s office said.

The sources said Erdogan told Abbas that preserving the status of Jerusalem was important for all Muslim countries, adding that international laws and United Nations decisions should be followed on the issue.

Any move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would fuel extremism and violence, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday.

A senior Jordanian source said on Sunday that Amman has begun consultations on convening an emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation before Trump’s expected declaration this week.



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 Dec 04, 2017 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

This creepy fake blond occupant of the oval office knew that from the beginning but used it as a ploy to garner Jewish sympathy, fake o president

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 11:48 AM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This creepy fake blond occupant of the oval office knew that from the beginning but used it as a ploy to garner Jewish sympathy, fake o president

If you want I can buy you a trump toppe with his blonde hair . Your hate speech really has nothing to do with the issue .

And Trump disagrees with the Turkey position . So there is nothing to know .

Here is the sad truth . Recognizing west Jerusalem not east but west as the Israeli capital should never be an issue. After all they argue that it's ok for Israel to exist just not in occupied territory .

Labeling Jerusalem as Israelis capital calls out the Palestinian hypocrisy. It shows the world that they are liars . Because if they were truthful then why are you protesting against west Jerusalem?
It brings out the truth . The truth is the Palestinians don't want Israel to exist at all . They deny it's rights . The two state solution is a farce to enable them to gain power and expand their killing machine . They want from sea to sea and even then they will still want our blood . This trump labelization will show the world the truth and ultimately keep Israel safer .

May the Palestinians be smitten with cancer and als

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 12:16 PM Just Wondering... Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This creepy fake blond occupant of the oval office knew that from the beginning but used it as a ploy to garner Jewish sympathy, fake o president

Do you ever get sick of repeating the same thing day in and day out? Grow up already. I don't think anyone hear ever called Obama the fake black or half black president. Enough with the name calling, you sound so immature.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 12:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Just Wondering... Says:

Do you ever get sick of repeating the same thing day in and day out? Grow up already. I don't think anyone hear ever called Obama the fake black or half black president. Enough with the name calling, you sound so immature.

He can't help himself he suffers from extreme OCD, So do most leftists.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 02:24 PM Anonymous Says:

These bloodthirsty Arabs are always looking for excuses and justifications to commit murder and terror. This way, the leftists who buy the PC garbage will sympathize with their cause and support terror. It is high time that the free world stood up to this corrupt immoral ideology and said no more. I would venture to say that laws should be passed prior to this announcement that protesting this is against the law, and that not a single permit for demonstrations will be issued. Those who engage in any such protests can be jailed for disobedience. Law enforcement should be empowered to use lethal force against any forms of violence and rioting. Not turkey, not the Muslim UN, not the leftists who contaminate American soil have the authority to tell Trump what to do. And that goes for the psychotic author of Comment #1.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 03:31 PM yidele1 Says:

i thing Trump is right there are times when u have to express your thoughts without giving in to terror ,lets face things ,there will never be peace nor 2 states ,because the palis hate jews ,and glorified when a jew is terrorized or killed r"l , all the arabs fit into the same category of hate , and in a split second they would be in a war w/ israel if only they would believe that could win , so lets stop playing the cat n mouse game say it like it is Mr President ,, you are the best ,we always knew it

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 03:51 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Just Wondering... Says:

Do you ever get sick of repeating the same thing day in and day out? Grow up already. I don't think anyone hear ever called Obama the fake black or half black president. Enough with the name calling, you sound so immature.

In defense of the commenter I must say this. Nobody can accuse Obama of being a fake because he wasn’t one. I admit that Trump even though he has real good policies regarding Israel and North Korea he is still a fake blond

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 03:54 PM yamsar Says:

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Anonymous Says:

These bloodthirsty Arabs are always looking for excuses and justifications to commit murder and terror. This way, the leftists who buy the PC garbage will sympathize with their cause and support terror. It is high time that the free world stood up to this corrupt immoral ideology and said no more. I would venture to say that laws should be passed prior to this announcement that protesting this is against the law, and that not a single permit for demonstrations will be issued. Those who engage in any such protests can be jailed for disobedience. Law enforcement should be empowered to use lethal force against any forms of violence and rioting. Not turkey, not the Muslim UN, not the leftists who contaminate American soil have the authority to tell Trump what to do. And that goes for the psychotic author of Comment #1.

It’s hard to see how you justify calling somebody psychotic after you have just finished burping out a rant that can only come from the same. Your comment itself isn’t worthy of a response.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 06:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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yamsar Says:

It’s hard to see how you justify calling somebody psychotic after you have just finished burping out a rant that can only come from the same. Your comment itself isn’t worthy of a response.

Please share what was psychotic in Comment #5. You may disagree with that comment, but it was articulate and well thought out. Why should your disagreement matter? Explain yourself.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 09:35 PM yamsar Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Please share what was psychotic in Comment #5. You may disagree with that comment, but it was articulate and well thought out. Why should your disagreement matter? Explain yourself.

You must have missed your democracy vs dictatorship in class

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 02:18 AM Anonymous Says:

with all the stupid stuff going on here, the bottom line is that moving the embassy is dangerous to EVERYONE. Its a Zionist win and the whole world loses but they dont give a..... for human life. Hope we wont cry over split milk when wel be smitten with bombs and terror attacks G D forbid.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 08:21 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Yes, I suppose the President making an announcement like that would put quite a few people in their graves for no real purpose.

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