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Turkey to continue its diplomatic moves for al-Aqsa

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It has become clear that two-week long tensions in East Jerusalem will linger as Israel will continue to take restrictive measures to Palestinians’ access to the Harem al-Sherif, one of the most holiest sites, not only for the people of Palestine but for the entire Muslim world.

Although metal detectors and barriers have been removed from the gates of the holy site, tension has remained in place as Israel deployed an excessive number of security personnel after Palestinians declared July 28 as a Day of Rage and called for massive protests.

For Turkey, the Israeli government’s move in East Jerusalem is part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long-standing comprehensive policy. Having abandoned the internationally recognized two-state solution that would allow the establishment of the State of Palestine along with the State of Israel, Netanyahu is trying to expand control and influence in the occupied territories as well as in East Jerusalem.

This policy is seemingly threefold: It envisages more pressure on the Gaza Strip........

© Hürriyet Daily News