Ankara blames: MK Ben-Gavir “raiding” Al-Aqsa

Despite what appears to be a warming of relations between Turkey and Israel in recent months, which included a meeting between President Yitzhak Herzog and Turkish President Erdogan, and a trip by Yair Lapid as Foreign Minister to meet with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ankara issued two condemnations of Israel during Operation Dawn.

It began yesterday (Saturday) with the Turkish Foreign Ministry “sternly” condemning Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza and continued today with the publication of another press release on behalf of the ministry. The statement said that in addition to the attacks in Gaza, “which caused the death of many civilians, including children, we received the news that today Israeli MP Itamar Ben-Gavir and fanatical Jewish groups raided Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli police. We strongly condemn the ongoing attacks by Israel on citizens and the attempts to worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”, the language of the message that went on to call the Jews’ ascension to the mountain – “provocative acts”. “We reiterate and emphasize our call to the Israeli government not to allow such acts aimed at the status and sanctity of al-Haram al-Sharif,” the Turkish statement said.

In contrast to Turkey, Morocco, with whom relations were renewed as part of the Abraham Accords, issued a statement describing that it is following the developments in the Gaza Strip with concern and calls for the avoidance of further escalation. The empty-nesters do write that the political solution in their opinion is a Palestinian state alongside Israel, but refrain from criticizing any of the parties in the current round. Let’s recall that in 2000, Morocco severed official relations with Israel due to the events of the second intifada.

In Jerusalem, they hope that the US will veto the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council tomorrow, which is supposed to discuss the “escalation” between Israel and the Islamic Jihad. The meeting, which is supposed to take place behind closed doors, was requested by the United Arab Emirates, a member of the Security Council, on behalf of the Palestinians. The Emirati statement stated that “they express deep concern about the escalation, and call for maximum restraint to avoid being dragged to new levels of violence and instability.” In Israel, messages were sent to the United Arab Emirates criticizing their assistance to the Palestinians to convene the Security Council meeting.

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