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May 17, 2018 8:34 am

Amid Diplomatic Spat With Israel, Turkey Seeks UN General Assembly Motion on Jerusalem

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Photo: Reuters / Umit Bektas.

Turkey wants the United Nations General Assembly to pass a motion regarding Jerusalem, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, days after the US opened its embassy in the Israeli capital.

Speaking in an interview to state-broadcaster TRT Haber, Cavusoglu also said that an independent commission must prepare a report on the violence in Gaza and that Israel should be held accountable legally.

Dozens of Palestinian rioters — most of whom were Hamas members — were killed on the Gaza border on Monday as they tried to breach the border with Israel.

Since then, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have engaged in a war of words and their countries have taken a number of steps — including the expulsion of diplomats — against each other.

Israel-Turkey relations were fully restored in 2016 following a six-year freeze that was prompted by the IDF’s interception of a 2010 Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla.

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