“Jerusalem is a city of us, for us”, the Turkish president said. “We left blood and tears in this city during World War I. It is still possible to find traces of the Ottoman resistance”.
The Turkish President, in addition to referring to Ankara’s neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus, spent several minutes talking about “the oppression of the Palestinians by Israel and its illegal presence in Jerusalem”.
President @RTErdogan: “We consider it an honour on behalf of our country and nation to express the rights of the oppressed Palestinian people on every platform, with whom we have lived for centuries.” pic.twitter.com/yCcfrrc5RY
— Turkish Presidency (@trpresidency) October 1, 2020
During his long speech at the beginning of the new parliamentary term of the Turkish parliament, Erdogan spent several minutes allegedly “mourning” the fate of Jerusalem and the situation of the Palestinians.
“Another crisis that our country and our nation are watching closely is the oppression of Israel against the Palestinians and the various practices that violate the uniqueness of Jerusalem”, he said at the end of his speech.