Erdogan threatens to cut ties with Israel over U.S. move on Jerusalem

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While Turkey is fighting the IS, the USA is actively arming militants of the detachments of YPG (People's Protection Units) and PYD (Democratic Union Party), which, in fact, are the Syrian wing of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) terrorist group, Erdogan noted.

Minister of Science Ofir Akunis stated that Israel's ties to Jerusalem are stronger than those to Ankara.

"There would be no more righteous or proper an historical move now than recognizing Jerusalem, the Jewish people's capital for the past 3,000 years, as the capital of the State of Israel", he said. "The days of the sultan and the Ottoman Empire have passed".

It quickly annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital in a move which has not been recognised internationally.

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"Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3,000 years and the capital of Israel for the past 70 years", an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity, amid the flurry of remarks by high-ranking politicians around the world.

Politico, a Washington-based news outlet, reported that two classified diplomatic cables had been sent to embassies in recent weeks urging preparedness ahead of a potential announcement.

Describing Trump's call with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House said the two leaders "discussed the path to peace in the Middle East".

"The French president expressed his concern with the possibility that the United States might unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as capital of the State of Israel", a statement from Paris said.

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Jerusalem remains at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

American officials have said Mr Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week as a way to offset his likely decision to delay his campaign promise of moving the U.S. embassy there.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel echoed Macron, calling for the matter to be determined in direct negotiations.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most contentious issues of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Erdogan, you have enough troubles in Turkey - worry about your own issues and don't threaten us".

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Kalin called on the USA administration "not to make such fatal mistake".

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