A senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week that it was “not possible” for the Islamic world to give up on Jerusalem and called for the creation of an Islamic “army for Palestine.”
Retired Turkish Gen. Adnan Tanriverdi, the founder of Turkish security firm SADAT International Defense Consulting and a chief adviser to Erdoğan, made the remarks during a speech at the “International Israel Ethnic Discrimination Conference: Dimensions, Applications and Methods of Struggle,” which took place on Nov. 29-30 at the Marriott Hotel in Istanbul.
In his speech, Tanriverdi “emphasized that it was not possible for the Islamic world to give up on Jerusalem,” and said that “Israel governed 85 percent of Palestinian land,” according to a report by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Ajansi news agency.
“The Islamic world should prepare an army for Palestine from outside Palestine. Israel should know that if it bombs [Palestine] a bomb will fall on Tel Aviv as well,” said Tanriverdi, according to the report.