Israel hits back at Turkish leader over threat to sever ties


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".

'Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims, ' Erdogan said in a raucous televised speech to his ruling party that was greeted with chants and applause.

He was supposed to decide Monday whether to sign a legal waiver delaying by six months plans to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv, but missed the deadline.

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

More recently, diplomatic ties ground virtually to a halt in 2009, when 10 Turkish nationals were killed during when the Israel Navy intercepted a protest flotilla meant to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, imposed after Hamas took over the Strip in 2006.

"We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue".

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"Israel is a sovereign state and Jerusalem is its capital", Katz tweeted.

'There will always be those who criticize, but at the end of the day it is better to have a united Jerusalem than Erdogan's sympathy, ' he said.

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Bozdag added that the recognition would "destroy the peace process", saying that the issue of Jerusalem was the key to peace in the Middle East and the world.

Reuters reported that Donald Trump is also expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, adding that final decisions had not yet been made.

Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem.

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Such a move would not only be a violation of global law, but also "a big blow to the conscience of humanity", Erdoğan said. "There is no more historically justified and correct step now than recognizing Jerusalem, which has been the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3,000 years, as the capital of Israel".

Trump is expected to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy to the city, three senior administration officials confirmed to Anadolu Agency, late Tuesday.

Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned it would be "a risky measure that would have repercussions".

He said Palestine would be "freed" and Palestinian people will be victorious.

Jordan, custodian of Islamic sites in Jerusalem, has warned of "grave consequences".

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