World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking from Istanbul via video to crowds in Turkey’s central province of Konya, who were holding a rally for Jerusalem, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We are starting initiatives at the UN to nullify America's decision on Jerusalem."
Erdogan said the initiative first will be brought before the UN Security Council, which the U.S. is a permanent member of, and if it is vetoed there, it will be brought to the UN General Assembly.
"Separately, we are starting initiatives to increase [the number of] states who recognize the state of Palestine," he stressed.
Erdogan also said that Muslim countries will start new funds to protect Palestinian families, "preventing Israel’s seizure of neighborhoods, houses, and workplaces belonging to Muslims."
On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The shift in longstanding U.S. policy on Jerusalem sparked angry demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and many Muslim countries.
Rebuffing the move, an extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul this week declared East Jerusalem to be Palestine’s capital.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.