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Israel Still Crazy Ahead of Ramadan, Erdogan Opens Up

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Israel Still Crazy Ahead of Ramadan, Erdogan Opens Up

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israeli settlers are one of the main obstacles in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“One of the biggest obstacles in reaching a solution is the actions of usurpers, so-called settlers, who have invaded and stolen land belonging to Palestinians,” Erdogan said during a press conference with visiting Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, reported AFPWednesday (6/3/2024).

Erdogan, a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, also called for unrestricted access to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem during Ramadan, which will begin this year on March 10 or 11.

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“The demands of radical Israeli politicians to limit the entry of Muslims… are completely unreasonable,” he said. “The consequences of such actions will undoubtedly be very serious.”

“We will start the month of Ramadan,” said Abbas. “It is well known that extremist settlers went to Al-Aqsa and carried out attacks there.”

Meanwhile, Israel said on Tuesday that it would allow Muslim worshipers to access the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the first week of Ramadan as much as in previous years, and would assess the situation every week.

Every year, tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers perform Ramadan prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, is holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Ramadan comes this year as Israel launches a relentless military campaign in the Gaza Strip in response to a deadly attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7.

Israel’s right-wing Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir recently said that Palestinian residents of the West Bank “should not” enter Jerusalem to worship during Ramadan.

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Ben Gvir leads a far-right party that advocates Jewish control of the complex.

A few days later, the United States asked Israel to allow Muslims to worship at Al-Aqsa.

Abbas is in Turkey to discuss the Gaza war and reconciliation efforts between Palestinian factions.

[Gambas:Video CNBC]

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