Turkish lecturer Cemil Tekeli, who was released from a prison in Israel on Sunday, said he was stripped naked, interrogated incessantly for days and drugged during his almost one-month long torturous ordeal.
“I said, ‘If you look at 1917, it was a Jubilee Year, and the Balfour Amendment came, and then in 50 years, it was 1967, and Jerusalem was reconnected to Israel. ‘When you add 50 to 1967, you’re in 2017.’ I said, ‘This is the year to move the embassy and make that declaration because it is a biblical timing of absolute precision’.”
The embargo imposed upon Qatar, Mohammed bin Salman becoming the Crown Prince, dismissals within Saudi Arabia and the Jerusalem decision could be interpreted as signs of a new order.
“Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will with your dollars. Our decision is clear,” said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Trump administration’s Israel-UAE inspired “political Islam” policy is destined to be even more unsuccessful than Barack Obama’s insincere “moderate Islam” policy.
While Trump’s Jerusalem decision is a threat to regional countries, Israel foremost among them, the U.S. will also be affected by rising radicalism unless something is done to counter it.
By calling for Muslim countries to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine President Erdogan shows the expected leadership at the OIC summit in Istanbul.
Trump’s Jerusalem move rekindled a century-old problem in the Middle East and created an environment that will fuel anti-Americanism in the region and Islamophobia in the US.
As if to rub salt on wounds, a civil society group comprising people from different religions and sects, on Monday visited Israel at a time when Muslims feel outraged because of the Jerusalem move.
The Balfour Declaration granted the international legitimacy for Zionist settler colonialism and sowed the seeds for the future dispossession of the native, Palestinian, population.