ANKARA, Turkey – According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to bring about a breakup of Syria and would use the Kurdish factor to do so.
In addition, Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television that Netanyahu has been very concerned lately because he intended to divide Syria with the help of the terrorists, but now he has seen that his plans are not working out, so he decided to denigrate the image of the Turkish president.
The hypocrisy comes as large elements of the Turkish administration had ambitions for a Greater Turkey that would incorporate large sections of northern Syria. This element was dealt a blow however when Cavusoglu replaced the former Foreign Minister and when it became apparent that Russia had already guaranteed the full sovereignty of Syria.
The minister points out that Netanyahu sympathizes with the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), banned in Turkey, known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Another factor that probably contributed to raising tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was that Netanyahu had lessened talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also had a telephone conversation with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in which they discussed the issue of recent foreign embassy changes from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Israel.
“Erdogan and Abbas also exchanged views on the steps of several countries in moving their embassies to Jerusalem and discussed how to prevent erroneous steps that may make it difficult to resolve the issue. The president of Turkey and Palestine spoke by telephone on Saturday and discussed regional events,” a source said.
Erdogan assured that Turkey will continue to support the Palestinian people.
Earlier in December, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it intended to open Defense and Trade offices there. At the same time, Canberra said it does not intend to change its embassy in the country.
In May, the United States changed its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, causing displeasure in the Muslim community around the world. Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras and the Czech Republic also recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Meanwhile, the United Nations and its member states condemn this type of measure until the legal status of Jerusalem is established.
Both Israel and Palestine want Jerusalem as its capital. The UN expects that the issue of the city will be resolved through a peace process between the two countries.