Israel expresses concern over Turkish influence in East Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israel expresses concern over Turkish influence in East Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque

Concerns have been raised over support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Friday, June 23, 2017

Two members of Israel's Parliament have called for lawmakers to discuss concerns over Turkish support for East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Right-wing members Yehuda Glick from the Likud party and Shuli Maalem from the Jewish Home party made calls for a foreign affairs and security committee meeting on Thursday (June 22), according to Hebrew paper Israel HaYom.

The calls came after a report in the same newspaper on Wednesday (June 21) which spoke against Turkey's involvement in East Jerusalem, Middle East Monitor said.

It claimed that Turkey was trying to assert influence via aid channelled to East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The report also suggested that Turkish allies in East Jerusalem are enemies of Israel and specifically  named Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel and a former mufti of Jerusalem.

It went on to say: “The overall objective of Turkish activities there is the safeguarding and strengthening of Jerusalem’s Muslim heritage and identity.

"Turkish flags and food can be seen everywhere, indicating the country’s influence in the city."

The report also claims that the Turkish work being carried out in East Jerusalem is causing the Jordanian influence to disappear, even though it has a historical role as the “guardian of Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites."

The article also expressed concern over people's support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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