Scimitar-Wielding Turk Vows to Conquer Jerusalem

The Fellowship  |  March 22, 2018

Israel’s closest neighbors are not the only ones in the Middle East lobbing threats her way. The Times of Israel reports that a Turkish governor made a recent speech raving that his nation would take Jerusalem – all while waving a scimitar:

Necati Senturk, the government-appointed governor of the Kirsehir province, raised eyebrows with a speech from the balcony of the governor’s office as Turkish troops were poised to take the Syrian city of Afrin from Kurdish militia.

“God willing, we will take Afrin. We will take Manbij,” he said in videos posted on Turkish news websites, referring to another Kurdish-held city in Syria.

Waving a sword known locally as a zulfiqar above his head with one hand and holding a megaphone in another, he added: “We will also go to Mosul, and we will go to Jerusalem!… God is Greatest!”

The Turkish sultans controlled both the Iraqi city of Mosul and the holy city of Jerusalem for long periods during the Ottoman Empire…

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