Turkish President Erdogan claims Israel is trying to destroy Islamic character of Jerusalem

Turkish President Erdogan claims Israel is trying to destroy Islamic character of Jerusalem

President Erdogan has criticised Israel

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The President of Turkey has claimed it is "not enough" that metal detectors have been removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and thinks Israel's government wants to destroy the Islamic character of Jerusalem.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "Israel took the right step to remove the metal detectors to help lower tension. But is it enough according to our wishes? No, it is not."

The metal detectors had been installed at the compound after an attack in which two Israeli policemen were killed, but protests soon broke out over the security measures.

At least five Palestinians were killed during the protests, according to The New Arab. After several days of protests, Israel has dismantled the security equipment.

Erdogan also said that Turkey "cannot tolerate" Muslims being restrained during Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, whilst speaking at a meeting in Ankara.

The President even accused Israel of "attempting to take the [Al-Aqsa] mosque from Muslim hands."

He added: "The Israeli government want to destroy the Islamic character of Jerusalem with a new practice every day."

In response, the Israeli foreign ministry claimed Erdogan's words are "mind-blowing, false and distorted."

However Huseyin Muftuoglu, a spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry, condemned this response and said Israel was being "arrogant."

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