Erdogan: Trump a 'Partner in Bloodshed' Following Jerusalem Decision

The Turkish president says Turkey will continue diplomatic efforts to reverse Trump's 'null' decision

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Backdropped by maps of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as talks at the closing ceremony of exporters' innovation and entrepreneurship week event, in Istanbul, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Backdropped by maps of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as talks at the closing ceremony of exporters' innovation and entrepreneurship week eveCredit: Yasin Bulbul/Pool via AP
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the U.S. has become a "partner in bloodshed" with their decision to recognize Jerusalem. He said he believes the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting on Jerusalem this week will be a turning point.

Turkey has been strongly critical of the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel. On Sunday, Erdogan said Turkey would continue its diplomatic efforts to reverse Trump's announcement, which he calls "null."

Also on Sunday, Erdogan called Israeli forces "terrorists" and said, "We won't leave Jerusalem to the mercy of a child-murdering country." Erdogan also accused Israel of having no values other than "occupation and plunder."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticized Erdogan's Sunday comments. "Mr. Erdogan has attacked Israel. I'm not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey."

Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday.

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