ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse a decision
Muslim nations are pushing for world leaders to recognize east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Diplomats from 57 Muslim countries met in Turkey for an emergency Islamic summit on Wednesday. Discussions focused on unifying a response to several nations considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israel is responding to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, launching an offensive on Hamas positions in the southern territory. There’s no word on what targets were hit by Palestinian attacks on Monday, but Israel says it intercepted a majority of the projectiles
Vice President Mike Pence’s is preparing for his upcoming trip to the Middle East. In a statement Sunday, Pence’s press secretary said the vice president will go to the region in an effort to reaffirm the commitment to defeating radicalism with international allies.
Islamic terrorist organization Hamas calls on Muslims for an uprising against Israel. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinian-Arabs and all Muslims for increased attacks against the Jewish state. This comes in response to the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem bars American diplomats from leisure travel through the Old City and the West Bank. This comes as the State Department expects a rise in Islamic unrest over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A U.S. representative to the U.N. criticizes the General Assembly’s anti-Israel bias, saying it harms the peace process in the Middle East. This comes after the U.N. Fourth Committee approved nine drafts in support of the Palestinian authority and targeting Israel. The drafted resolutions recognize East Jerusalem as “occupied territory.”