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Hamas ‘appreciates’ Erdogan’s position on Jerusalem

December 6, 2017 at 5:06 am

Palestinians celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birth anniversary of the beloved Prophet Mohammad in Jerusalem on 30 November 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey’s stance is ‘unique’ against a plan by the US to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said Tuesday.

“This unique position of the Turkish authorities and noble Turkish people is a reflection of the leadership and its support of the cause of the Palestinian people,” Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency.

The step America is taking is “very serious” and targets Muslims’ beliefs and sacred sites, he said.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday informed his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas of his intention to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestine’s official WAFA news agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted strongly to reports that Trump could also decide to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” Erdogan told a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.

We are imploring the US once again. You cannot take this kind of step.

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

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Noting that Jerusalem is inviolable for Muslims, he said ignoring that would have serious consequences.

Trump will announce Wednesday his decision on whether the US will recognize the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to the White House.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — currently occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.