At the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held in Istanbul, Turkish President Recept Erdogan has sharply criticised Israel.

Erdogan expresses the Islamic World’s position

This week Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted the summit of more than 50 Muslim countries in Istanbul. At this meeting, he expressed some aggressive statements about Israel, as a reaction to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

“Israel is an occupying state (and) Israel is a terror state,” and “The ones who are made Jerusalem a dungeon for Muslims and members of other religions will never be able to clean the blood from their hands.”

The Turkish leader thanked the countries that condemned Trump’s decision. Erdogan believes that Islamic countries should do everything possible to ensure that Palestine was fully represented in the diplomatic sphere:

First of all, the Palestinian state should be recognized by the rest of the countries. We must do everything in our power to do this …

We will note that Israel itself proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Day War, Israeli troops captured East Jerusalem and united with West Jerusalem. However, the UN did not recognize this fact.

As before, most embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are mainly in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, and Herzliya.

Geopolitical aspects

Now let’s abstract from emotions and consider this situation from the point of geopolitics and international relations.

The decision of Donald Trump and the subsequent reaction from the states of the region finally consolidated the new structure of relations and spheres of influence in the Middle East. Before the Russian military operations in Syria, Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia were exclusively in the sphere of influence of the United States and acted relying on Washington’s interests. However, in recent years Ankara and Riyadh have stepped down from this train and started establishing a dialogue with Moscow.

Now, It turns out that the United States has the strong cooperation only with Israel. Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, which, in fact, finally rips off the rest of the regional powers. Saudi Arabia,  who was desperately trying all this time not to oppose Israel, criticized the decision of the American president. Turkey has even declared its primacy in the Sunni world by calling a conference in Istanbul. Iran came to the idea that it should no hear reproaches and threats from the US.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks.

But who can replace the US in this position? There are not too many options…

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