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Israel: Jerusalem Has Been the Jewish Capital for 3,000 Years

PM Netanyahu speaking at a podium (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

As we're reporting in today's Daily Dispatch, Turkey has joined the Palestinians in making threats against Israel if the United States recognizes - as planned - Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital this week. In response, reports Haaretz's Noa Landau, Israel reminds the world that the Holy City has been the Israeli capital for three millennia:

A senior Israeli official responded to Turkey's threat to cut ties with Israel if the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as its capital, saying that "Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years and the capital of Israel for 70 years, whether [Turkish President] Erdogan recognizes it as such or not."

Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the possibility that U.S. President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "is a red line for Muslims." He warned that if such a decision is made it "will result in Turkey's cutting diplomatic ties with Israel."

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, meanwhile, said that "at the end of the day it is better to have a united Jerusalem than Erdogan's sympathy."

Erdogan's comments echo a growing sentiment in the Arab world and international community who are warning the U.S. against the potential fallout from the move...

Tags: Jerusalem , US-Israel Relations

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