Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capitol, Muslim Leaders Issue Jarring Threat

Muslim leaders have reportedly been quick to condemn Trump’s plans to promote Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, according to Fox News.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogen of Turkey told him earlier this week that should the change be made, he and other Muslim leaders would have to sever ties with Israel.

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Turkey is among the latest nations to publicly voice their opposition to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State, some saying it will hinder the possibility of the peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians and will be an insult to the Muslim world.

The Palestinian leadership said Tuesday that they will “stop contacts” with the U.S. if Trump goes forward with the change. Palestinian officials also called for mass protests in the event of the recognition.

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, an umbrella organization of Muslim countries, said Monday that the move would constitute “naked aggression” against the Arab and Muslim world.

French President Emmanuel Macron also recently urged the president to reconsider his policy.

“Mr. Macron reaffirmed that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, particularly those relating to the establishment of two states,” Macron’s office said.

Both Israel and Palestinian leaders see Jerusalem as their rightful capitol following a conflict that took place in 1967.