BIN: A meeting on Monday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Pope Francis may have grave implications for Jerusalem as both leaders appear to be building an agenda based upon their joint opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.
The meeting, which took place at the Vatican, was already significant in that it was the first visit by a Turkish head of state since diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Turkey were established in 1960. However, a statement released by the Vatican says that both leaders also used the occasion to discuss the ”the status of Jerusalem, highlighting the need to promote peace and stability in the region (Middle East) through dialogue and negotiation, with respect for human rights and international law.”
Both Erdogan and Pope Francis are opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan responded to the move by calling for an emergency meeting of the OIC. The summit, held in Istanbul, declared “East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine” and called upon “all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.” more …
Opinion: Pope Francis’ desire for Jerusalem is so strong he is willing to make an alliance with one of the most dangerous anti-Semitic Islamic thugs in the world, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, held in Istanbul, declared “East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine” and called upon “all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.”
That Catholics and Muslims have been at war for millennium, or that Erdogan is a moral and financial supporter of Hamas (here), facilitated oil sales (here) and medical hospitals (here) for ISIS, appear to have slipped Francis’ mind, and serves to underline the seriousness of this new unholy friendship.
There is not a single city in the world that is as coveted by the nations like Jerusalem, perhaps that is why Zechariah said: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.”
Zechariah 12:2 was prophesied 2500 years ago and yet fits today’s headline like a glove.