In rare call, Rivlin asks Erdogan to condemn Temple Mount violence

The Foreign Ministry was concerned that call gave Erdogan diplomatic clout as important interlocutor when in the past he has actually inflamed tensions regarding the Temple Mount, Channel 2 reported.

July 20, 2017 18:52
1 minute read.
Rivlin and Erdogan

Rivlin and Erdogan. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


 President Reuven Rivlin asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to condemn last Friday’s terrorist attack near the Temple Mount, when the two leaders spoke by phone on Thursday evening.

“The president reminded Erdogan that after the terrorist attacks in Turkey, the State of Israel was quick to condemn those criminal acts. He said Israel expected to hear similar condemnation from Turkey, with the understanding that terrorism was terrorism wherever it took place; in Jerusalem, in Istanbul, or in Paris,” Rivlin’s office said.

The Temple Mount is a site that is “holy for all,” Rivlin told Erdogan as he explained that the attack in which two Israeli policemen were killed, was “intolerable.” It “crossed a red line which endangered the ability of all of us to live together,” he said.

He assured Erdogan that Israel had maintained and would continue to maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount, in which only Muslims can pray there but Jews and Christians can visit.

Rivlin defended the placement of metal detectors at entrances to the Mount to Erdogan, explaining that such steps were intended to ensure that such acts of terrorism could not be repeated, and that Israel was committed to safeguarding the lives of all who visit the holy place.

The call came at Erdogan’s request. It is unusual for him to hold such conversations with an Israeli leader. Israel and Turkey reestablished full diplomatic ties in 2016 after a six-year suspension.

The Foreign Ministry had advised Rivlin not to take the call, arguing that Erdogan has long been inflaming Israeli Arabs, including those living in Jerusalem. It contended that Erdogan should not be involved in the sensitive process.

According to WAFA, the Palestinian news agency, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also spoke with Erdogan on Thursday.

He asked the Turkish leader to help calm the situation by pushing for the removal of the metal detectors.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 21, 2019
Israel beats Spain to win the Under-20 basketball title


Cookie Settings