Days of Palestine

Tuesday, January 31

Erdogan: Israel ‘occupying, terrorist state’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an audience at an opening ceremony in Sivas on Sunday that “Israel is an occupying state, a terrorist state.”

He explained: “Palestine has been under occupation since 1947. Israel is an occupying state and a terrorist state.”

Erdogan also said that the US declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is an attempt to damage peace and security in the region.

The decision, he said, ignored a 1980 UN Security Council resolution signed by the US that condemned the Israeli annexation of Jerusalem.

Resolution 478 called on member states to withdraw diplomatic missions from Jerusalem and described East Jerusalem as “under occupation.”

Earlier to these remarks, the outspoken critic of the Israeli and American violations, declared the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”

Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Sivas, central Turkey, Erdogan said: “Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is null and void for us in any case.”

He added: “Declaring it as a capital and relocating the embassy has no validity for us.”