SHAFAQNA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said debates over the possibility of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds are “extremely wrong” and should be dropped.
US President Donald Trump had promised during his campaign to move the American embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, whose status is one of the thorniest issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Speaking at a forum in Istanbul, Erdogan said everyone should be careful on issues that concerned the status of Jerusalem al-Quds, warning that even “relocating a stone” in the city could have serious implications.
“The debates over the possibility of US moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem are extremely wrong and should certainly drop from the agenda,” the Turkish president said.
Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967.
In 1980, Israel declared “reunited” Jerusalem its capital.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the US moving its embassy.
Erdogan made peace with Israel in June last year after bilateral ties deteriorated over the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed 10 Turkish activists.