HISTORY will not forgive Donald Trump over his decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem with all the consequent violence in Gaza, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has insisted.
Speaking at a joint Downing Street press conference with Theresa May, Mr Erdogan, who earlier this week described Israel as a “terrorist state,” said the Israeli ambassador to Ankara had been expelled on Tuesday afternoon and his country’s own ambassador to Tel Aviv had been recalled for instructions.
He added: “The US claims to be powerful. You are powerful but you are not right. History will not forgive you. This is the fact that we will observe in the future.”
The Prime Minister described the loss of life in the Gaza protests, in which 59 Palestinians were killed with more than 2,500 injured, as “tragic and extremely concerning”. She urged Israel to show restraint.
Emmanuel Macron, the French President, openly condemned “the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters”.
At the United Nations, Britain said it would back an independent international inquiry into the killings despite the US appearing intent on blocking one.
Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council there was “an urgent need to establish the circumstances” surrounding the killings and injuries, “including why such a volume of live fire is deemed justified”.