>> Turkey is criticizing what it says is a feeble Arab reaction to Trump’s decision last week to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Tayyip Erdogan is holding talks with world leaders in Istanbul on Wednesday to try and drum up an international coalition to solve the issue, inviting leaders from more than 50 Muslim countries to agree a response.
Erdogan has booted implementing sanctions against Israel and accuses some Arab countries of being scared of angering Washington.>>
>> On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Turkish capitol, agreeing that the U.S move was destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. Turkey says Arab states must stand up to what they’re calling Washingtons, quote, I’m a superpower, I can do anything mentality. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is in town for Wednesday’s emergency session and will also be hoping to rally support, as is the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
He says his country supports a new uprising against Israel. Until now, there’s been plenty of fiery language from Arab states, but little talk of what can practically be done to advance Palestinian aspirations for their own state. With East Jerusalem as its capitol, the Palestinians will be hoping for concrete action.