Turkey seeks to increase its influence in East Jerusalem

(Worthy News) - Since the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become the leading voice of the Arab and Islamic opposition to the move. His country even hosted a special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), during which he called Israel a "terror state" and threatened to cut its diplomatic ties with it.

While Erdoğan's threats haven't yet been fulfilled, his new status as the leader of the protest is certainly being felt in the region. Last Friday, thousands of worshippers who gathered for the prayers on Temple Mount chanted Erdoğan's name and held up Turkish flags.

According to a report by Israel News Company, the Turkish government is also funding pro-Palestinian NGOs, whose members help local families by giving them food, blankets and electric heaters. [ Source: Jereusalem Online (Read More...) ]

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