Turkey’s incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces off against several opponents in Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. He has been in power for the last 16 years – and is thought likely to win again – though he faces a battle to retain the presidency.
Tensions between Israel and Turkey are flaring as for the second time in less than six months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a pan-Islamic meeting to discuss a coalition against Israel.
Netanyahu tweeted a response to the criticism by the President of Turkey concerning Israel’s response to mass riots on its southern border. In this exchange, Netanyahu gave far better than he received.
The Shin Bet announced on Monday the arrest of a Turkish national and an Arab-Israeli both of whom were suspected of engaging in activities for the Hamas terrorist organization. The arrests suggest a nefarious connection between the Turkish government and Hamas.
A meeting on Monday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Pope Francis may have grave implications for Jerusalem as both leaders appear to be building an agenda based upon their joint opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.