Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East

Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East

Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East

The United States has lost its role as mediator in the Middle East, President Erdogan of Turkey told an audience in London as he outlined a "bleak picture" of an worldwide order reminiscent of the lead-up to the Second World War.

In an interview with BBC Arabic on Sunday, Erdogan said that Israel is "sowing fear and pushing" the Middle Eastern "region to war".

Erdogan also denounced the Israeli aerial aggression against the sovereignty of Syria, three days after Israeli warplanes attacked dozens of "targets" inside the Arab country in what was said to be the most extensive strike in Syria in decades.

Chief US ally Britain reiterated its stated objection to the move, while the Iranian speaker of parliament said it showed that US President Donald Trump is "feebleminded" and "incapable of evaluating the long-term consequences of his actions".

Erdogan has consistently criticized recent actions by both the U.S. and Israel.

The United States is due to officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday in a move that has delighted Israel but infuriated Palestinians.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision, saying it reflected that "the Jewish people have had a capital for 3,000 years, and that it is called Jerusalem".

According to Erdogan, Trump's decision further isolates the United States diplomatically.

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