Erdogan: We will not allow Israel to steal Jerusalem at all costs. The United Nations collapsed in the face of the killing in Gaza
Arab Post, Reuters
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday 16 May 2018 that the United Nations had "collapsed" in the face of events in Gaza, where Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday, 14 May 2018, with the United States moving its embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, That his country would not allow Israel to "steal" Jerusalem from the Palestinians "whatever the price." Turkey was among the most critical of Israel's use of lethal force against protesters on the Gaza Strip border and the US decision to open a new embassy in Jerusalem. Ankara called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday 18 May 2018. Erdogan added that the majority of the international community had failed to react to events in Gaza and warned that keeping silence would mean "opening a very dangerous door." "In the face of all these events, the United Nations has ended, it has been drained and collapsed ... if Israeli acts of intimidation are met with more silence, the world will quickly slide into chaos in the bandits." The events in Gaza also sparked a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel, where the two countries exchanged the expulsion of senior diplomats on Tuesday 15 May 2018. The conflict appears to be the worst diplomatic crisis between the two countries since Israeli soldiers boarded an aid ship trying to break a sea blockade of Gaza. 2010, killing 10 Turkish activists, which led to the reduction of diplomatic relations until 2016. Erdogan said his office manager and officials of the Turkish Foreign Ministry are working to evacuate the wounded from Gaza. He added that Turkey would not allow Israel to "steal" Jerusalem from the Palestinians "whatever the price."