Turkey on Tuesday warned the US that recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is ‘red line’ for Muslims, reported The Associated Press. In a speech in Parliament today, President Recept Tayyip Erdogan said such a step would lead Ankara to cut off all diplomatic ties with Israel, adding that he would convene a summit meeting of countries of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation to oppose any move recognising Jerusalem.
Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital. But its position is opposed by the entire world who argue that its status should be decided in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told AP that the Palestinian leadership could halt contacts with US counterparts in response to such recognition.
The chief of the Arab League also spoke out against a possible change in the status of Jerusalem. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit warned the US not to take any measures that would change Jerusalem’s current legal and political status. The Arab leader said this during a meeting in Cairo of Arab League representatives, who gathered to discuss President Donald Trump’s possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Ahmed said the US decision would be a “dangerous measure that would have repercussions” across the Middle East region even as he urged the Trump administration to reconsider the issue.
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. This move could upend decades of American policy and possibly inflame tensions in the Middle East.
Reuters reported that Donald Trump is also expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, adding that final decisions had not yet been made.