Israel on Tuesday summoned Turkey's recently-installed ambassador to the country, Kemal Okem, for clarification in light of recent remarks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made about Jerusalem.
Erdogan made the comments to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdella while the latter was on an official visit to Istanbul.
The comments came on the heels of statements Erdogan made earlier Monday about the al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem and Israeli legislation that would limit the use of loudspeakers by mosques in the country.
In response to Erdogan's comment's the Foreign Ministry issued a harsh retort.
“Those who systematically violate human rights in their own country should not preach to the only true democracy in the region,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon. “Israel consistently protects total freedom of worship for Jews, Muslims and Christians – and will continue to do so despite the baseless slander launched against it.”