Erdan: Turkish president is harming security of J'lem residents

Public Security Minister warns of potentially dangerous consequences of Erdogan's statements, as Turkish ambassador summoned for rebuke.

Tal Polon,

Gilad Erdan
Gilad Erdan
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Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan related to the recent string of verbal attacks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Israel, blasting them as baseless accusations and warning of their potentially dangerous consequences.

“Erdogan’s words are completely baseless and disconnected from reality. Unfortunately, his statements about Jerusalem and the Temple Mount and Jerusalem fan the flames, and hurt the security of residents of Jerusalem and its visitors.”

The Minister's words came as Chairman of the Foreign Ministry Yuval Rotem summoned for rebuke this morning Turkish Ambassador to Israel Kamel Okem over the Turkish President’s statements.

Rotem told the Ambassador that Jerusalem is paying no heed to Erdogan’s slanderous talk, and will continue to maintain freedom worship for all religions.

Over the past 24 hours, the Turkish President has made various pronouncements lambasting Israel.

Last night, Erdogan met with top-ranked Palestinian-Arab official Rami Hamdallah in Istanbul to discuss the subject of “Ways of protecting Jerusalem from Israel.”

The Ma’an news agency quoted a statement released by Hamdallah’s office, according to which Erdogan “confirmed the necessity of unifying efforts to protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization,” and called on as many Muslims as possible to visit the Temple Mount in order to emphasize the bond between Islam and the site.

Erdogan also said that “It is impossible to find a solution and peace in the region without finding a fair solution for the Palestinian cause first,” adding that “it is an obligation to establish a Palestinian state in the ‘67 borders - and as much pressure as possible needs to be exerted on Israel so that this will happen.”

He said that “Israel keeps escaping punishment, which leads it to escalated aggression against Palestinians,” and claimed that peace attempts will fail “unless Israel is held accountable for its crimes,” according to the Ma’an news agency.

In turn, these statements came on the heels of others he made calling on Muslims to ascend the Temple Mount as a show of solidarity with Palestinian-Arabs in their “fight for rights and justice,” and slamming Israel’s proposed Muezzin Bill, which seeks to lower the decibel level of muezzin calls in mosques during sleeping hours.

"The fact that those who talk about freedom of thought and faith at every opportunity actually approve this step by remaining silent is noteworthy. We will not allow the silencing of prayers from the heavens of Jerusalem,” he had said.