Dec 14 2017

If Israel is a terrorist state, Turkey must cut relations – ex-minister

A Turkish former minister of culture and tourism with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has spoken out on Twitter over what he sees as a weak reaction by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Mr. Erdoğan said at the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) meeting that ‘Israel is a terrorist state’,” Ertuğrul Günay tweeted.

“In this case, Turkey needs to cut off all relations – political, military or commercial – with Israel; this discourse is only meaningful with that attitude.”

Jerusalem should not be partitioned but should be returned to an international mandate as in the original U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine, Günay said.

“The OIC decision and the three-party proposal in the parliament mean an acceptance of a division of Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank,” he tweeted.

“This suits Israel. Jerusalem should not be divided; it should be given a special status under U.N. auspices as a whole.”

A minister for the AKP for seven years, Günay later became a critic of the government, which he has said is drifting away from the rule of law.