Turkey's Erdogan threatens cutting ties with Israel over Jerusalem issue

By REUTERS
December 5, 2017 11:37
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Turkish President  Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that a decision by US president Donald Trump to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there could lead to ending diplomatic ties between Turkey and the Jewish State.

Erdogan is the latest in a string of regional leaders, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Hussein to warn of negative implications of the move.

The possibility that Trump may make the announcement has also stirred opposition from US officials who fear it could unleash violence.

Such a decision, which US officials have said has not been finalized, would violate decades of US policy not to take a stance on the fate of Jerusalem on the grounds that this was an issue Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate and decide.

If Trump made such a move, it could spark demonstrations or violence by Palestinians or by Muslims around the world, in part because of the sensitivity of the Jerusalem site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.

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