Friday, July 28, 2017

Israel should learn Turkish history: Presidential aide

Ottoman era
Turkey on Thursday defended President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the Al-Aqsa crisis from Israeli criticisms.

“We are proud of our history. All religions, even before the Ottoman era, carried out their worship in complete freedom” in the Holy Lands, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told news channel Haberturk.

“Those who try to attack our history should read about it first,” he added.

On Tuesday, Erdogan criticized new Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is sacred to Muslims and is the Islamic world's third-holiest site.

Erdogan had urged Muslims to play their role in protecting the mosque in Jerusalem.

The same day Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon blasted Erdogan's statements as "delusional".

"The days of the Ottoman Empire are over,” Nahshon said. "The capital of the Jewish people was, is, and always will be Jerusalem. As opposed to the past, this is a city where the government is committed to its security, liberty, freedom of worship, and respect the rights of all minorities."

But Kalin responded that the issues surrounding Al-Aqsa will “cause tension” between not only Turkey and Israel, but all the surrounding countries.

“[Israel] expecting us to act as though nothing is going on there is unrealistic”.

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