Turkey’s president has warned it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognises Jerusalem as its capital. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such a move would cross a “red line” for Muslims.
Donald Trump called Middle Eastern leaders on Tuesday amid growing warnings against taking the step. Reports say the president will dramatically shift the US position on the status of Jerusalem this week.
Its fate is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel has always regarded it as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
If Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it would be the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.
In a televised speech, Mr Erdogan addressed the US president directly, saying “Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims. We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue,” he added.