Israel Summons Turkish Ambassador After Erdogan's Remarks on Jerusalem

During his Monday remarks, Erdogan also slammed plans for relocating the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, saying that relocating even a stone in Israeli-occupied city would have serious implications.

Turkey has the highest numbers of visitors to Jerusalem from among all other Muslim countries - around 26,000 annually - and Erdogan asked why "hundreds of thousands" of Muslims aren't visiting.

It would ban the use of loudspeakers to amplify the adhan - in Israel and Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem - between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has made two verbal attacks against Israel this week as he attended a meeting in Istanbul to discuss how to protect Jerusalem from Israel.

In a statement Monday, the Foreign Ministry condemned Erdogan's comments, saying that "anyone who systemically violates human rights in their own country should not preach about morality to the only genuine democracy in the region".

It was part of a flotilla in worldwide waters attempting to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, the coastal enclave controlled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Erdogan said Jerusalem is holy for Muslims, Jews and Christians.

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Jews regard the area where the al-Aqsa Mosque is situated as the Temple Mount.

Foreign ministry director general Yuval Rotem spoke with ambassador Kemal Okem at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's behest, the Israeli sources said.

"Why are they afraid of the call to prayer?"

And, sure, send more Turkish tourists, if they can afford it. "We do not and will not treat our Jewish citizens like that".

Erdogan accused Israel of discriminating against Palestinians and affirmed that only the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital would bring an end to the conflict.

They were Erdogan's harshest words against Israel since the two countries reconciled past year and restored diplomatic ties to ambassadorial level.

Erdogan, a fervent supporter of Palestinians, normalized relations with Israel in June past year after bilateral ties deteriorated over the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed 10 Turkish activists.

  • Sonia Alvarado