My Mideast Punchlines: lippy Tayyip vents again ….

In an acerbic speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Muslims to visit the Temple Mount en masse in solidarity with the Palestinians against “racist Israel.”

Erdogan also railed against Knesset legislation restricting Muslim calls to prayer at late hours and the possible relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Separately, in a meeting with visiting PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Erdogan warned against the “judaisation of Jerusalem,” according to Israeli media reports.

“As a Muslim community, we need to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque often, each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us.”

The words pot, kettle and black come to mind. Jerusalem is more free today than it was for 400 years under Turkish rule. Turkey is less free today since Erdogan came to power. Hundreds of journalists have been flung in jail, along with thousands of ordinary citizens who have dared to oppose him. Tayyip gives it plenty of lip, but, in essence, Recep’s rule is a recipe for tyranny.


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