Erdogan Meets Hamas Terror Leader to Condemn Israel


Turkish president has secret meeting with Mashaal; calls Abbas, vows to press world to take action against Israel over Temple Mount riots.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara on Monday with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, the exiled leader of the Gaza-based terrorist group who resides in Qatar.

Turkish media reports that the meeting behind closed doors lasted roughly an hour, and focused mainly on the situation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Temple Mount, where massive violent riots have been perpetrated over the last several days by Islamist attackers.

Erdogan expressed the full solidarity of Turkey with the Palestinian Arabs and condemned the Israeli “attacks” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, turning the Muslim violence against police and Israeli citizens on its head.

In parallel to his talk with Mashaal, Erdogan also spoke via phone with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the riots on the mosque.