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Turkey says US 'pulled the pin on bomb' with Jerusalem decision

Reuters , Thursday 7 Dec 2017
Protest in Ankara
Protesters, some waving Turkish and Palestinian flags, chant anti-U.S. slogans in front of of police officers during a demonstration near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 (Photo: AP)
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The United States has primed a bomb in the Middle East with its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday.

Yildirim said Turkey's stark differences with Washington, which have already strained ties between the NATO allies, meant that an overwhelming majority of the Turkish people were now unsympathetic toward the United States.

"The United States has pulled the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region," Yildirim told a conference in Ankara.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and promising to move the U.S. Embassy there.

Following the decision, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul; on Thursday, there was a heavy police presence with uniformed soldiers patrolling the roof.

"Today, more than 80 percent of our citizens are cold towards the United States and they are right to be so," Yildirim said, without giving a source for the figure.


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