Turkey and the Palestinian Authority threatened on Tuesday of dire diplomatic repercussions if US President Donald Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of the capital of Israel as Israel’s capital.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that his country’s response “could go as far as us cutting diplomatic ties with Israel.”
A senior aide to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned that their leadership could halt contacts with US counterparts in response to such recognition.
American officials have said Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week as a way to offset his likely decision to delay his campaign promise of moving the US Embassy there. Trump’s point-man on the Middle East, son-in-law Jared Kushner, later said the president hasn’t decided yet what steps to take regarding Jerusalem.
Still, the possibility of such recognition has triggered mounting criticism and opposition by Muslim and Arab states.
The Arab League with almost two dozen member states was to discuss the controversy later Tuesday.
On Monday, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 member states, said US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would constitute “naked aggression.”
Erdogan said Tuesday that said such a step would lead Ankara to cut off diplomatic ties with Israel. He also said he would convene a summit meeting of OIC countries to oppose any move recognizing Jerusalem.