Turkey annoyed at Arab League feeble response over Jerusalem

Turkey annoyed at Arab League feeble response over Jerusalem

ANKARA - Turkey criticized what it said was a feeble Arab reaction to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying on the eve of Wednesday's Muslim summit in Istanbul that some Arab countries were scared of angering Washington.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who has accused the United States of ignoring Palestinian claims to Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem and "trampling on international law", has invited leaders from more than 50 Muslim countries to agree a response.

Jerusalem , revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam's third holiest site and has been at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.

U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognizing the city as Israel's capital angered many Muslim countries, but few governments have matched Turkey 's warning that it would plunge the world "into a fire with no end".

Several countries had still not said who they would send to Istanbul, a Turkish minister said.

"Some Arab countries have shown very weak responses (on Jerusalem)," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. "It seems some countries are very timid of the United States."