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Erdogan draws red line over US Embassy's move to Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to sever ties with Israel if the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem, positioning himself as a global defender of Islam at the risk of further tension with the West.

Turkey’s president has threatened to sever ties with Israel if the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned President Donald Trump against following through with electoral pledges to move the American embassy to the contested city. “Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims,” Erdogan stated in a televised address today, saying Turkey would consider breaking off ties with Israel altogether.

The comments prompted swift reactions from Israeli leaders. Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a senior partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government, said, “Erdogan does not miss an opportunity to attack Israel. Israel will advance its goals, including the recognition of united Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. … It's better to have a united Jerusalem than Erdogan’s sympathy.”

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