Protesters wave Turkish and Palestinian flags, as they participate in a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem at the capital of Israel, in Istanbul Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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By repeatedly hitting out at the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be catering to his voter base, but he risks sabotaging Turkey's already fragile relations with the Jewish state. While President Donald Trump's decision last week was met with near-universal condemnation, particularly from the Muslim world, Erdogan has emerged as its most outspoken critic.Following Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the embassy there, Erdogan has leveled a string of accusations against Israel and the U.S., in his usual strident style.Erdogan, who comes from a conservative Islamist background, frequently criticizes Israel and does not conceal his support for the Palestinian movement Hamas, listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Israel and other several countries.Erdogan's escalation comes as Turkey and Israel are working to normalize ties since last year after a near break in relations triggered by Israel's storming of a Gaza-bound ship in 2010 that left 10 Turkish activists dead.
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