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Ties With Israel Sour as Erdogan Seizes Gaza Issue Before Election

“Your occupation is a temporary one,” he wrote on Twitter, quoting a letter from Saladin to Richard the Lionheart. “As long as we have the power to fight, you will not be comfortable here.”

Yet a toothless statement issued by the Organization of Islamic Conference may prove the limit of Mr. Erdogan’s achievements.

In December when the United States first announced its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Mr. Erdogan called a similar gathering of the group’s members to Istanbul.

Ties With Israel Sour as Erdogan Seizes Gaza Issue Before Election
Ties With Israel Sour as Erdogan Seizes Gaza Issue Before Election

The group made the strongest response to Mr. Trump’s decision at the time and issued a statement recognizing East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, but failed to deflect the American president’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Critics of Mr. Erdogan pointed out that the recently thickening economic ties between the countries, including 2.5 billion dollars in Turkish exports to Israel, according to Turkish news reports, made Mr. Erdogan’s chest-thumping a bit hollow.

For all the rhetoric, he has not been able to change the situation for the Palestinians, and perhaps he does not intend to.

When an opposition party proposed tabling a motion to cancel all security, economic and political agreements with Israel this week, Mr. Erdogan’s party, with holds a majority of seats, did not even allow a discussion on the issue.

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