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Israel Blasted Erdoğan’s Remarks over Jerusalem

National Geographic

Israeli officials criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks suggesting that Ankara would consider severing ties with the country if the U.S. decides to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

"Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years and the capital of Israel for 70 years, whether [Turkish President] Erdoğan recognizes it as such or not," Haaretz reported, quoting a senior Israeli official.

As Hurriyet reports, Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transport Israel Katz also reiterated Israel’s position on the ancient city, which is one of a long list of stumbling blocks in years of failed peace talks with the Palestinians.

"We don’t take orders or accept threats from the president of Turkey," Katz tweeted.

 


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