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Published on 26 July 2017

#Israel - Israel to Erdogan after Jerusalem tirade : days of Ottoman Empire are over

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Muslims worldwide to “defend al-Aksa,” as the government’s decision late Monday night to remove controversial metal detectors at the site did not have an immediate calming effect.

Publised in The Jerusalem Post on the 25th of July 2017

“Israel has taken a dangerous path. By occupying the al-Aksa Mosque, Israel has exceeded the boundaries,” the Turkish president said, adding that Ankara recognizes “Palestine” with a capital in east Jerusalem and Israel with its capital in Tel Aviv.

He said that Palestine’s problems began with the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

“By relying on its backers and the weapons at its disposal, Israel is making a mistake. I call on all Muslims around the world to go on a pilgrimage to al-Aksa, to Palestine – if they are able to – or find a way and help our brothers therein if they’re unable to travel. The more we defend al-Aksa, the fiercer the resistance will be. If Israeli soldiers are dirtying al-Aksa with their boots, the reason is we fail to defend it decently. Let’s defend Palestine just as we defend Mecca and Medina.”

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