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Israel mulls crackdown on Turkey's aid activity in Jerusalem: report

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, seen here on the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 18, 2018, is a key flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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Israel is mulling restrictions on the activities of Turkey's overseas aid arm as retribution for what it sees as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempts to wield greater influence in East Jerusalem, according to an Israeli TV report aired Saturday. 

Late last month Haaretz newspaper reported that Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority had all warned Israel's government over moves by Erdogan to boost Turkey's presence in Jerusalem. 

Israeli officials have reportedly been keeping a close eye on Turkish organizations active in the holy city, alarmed by the participation of Turkish nationals in largely Palestinian protests in the city. 

According to Saturday's report by Hadashot, Israel suspects TIKA -- Turkey's overseas aid and development organization -- of meeting with members of Israel's Islamic Movement and even furnishing Hamas with money and "sensitive" information. 

Israel also sees the organization as trying to inject Turkey's influence into the highly sensitive issue of the Temple Mount holy site, a constant source of tension between Palestinians and Israeli authorities. 

ADEM ALTAN (AFP)

The report did not cite sources. TIKA's office in Ramallah has been contacted for comment. 

In order to curb Turkey's suspected efforts, Israel's national security council reportedly drafted a plan to curtail TIKA's activities in Israel and the Palestinian territories. 

The report suggested Israel would demand the charity obtain unspecified "approval" for its activities or that Israel would place a "general restriction" on it. 

The plan would only be enacted with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's approval and is slated for further discussion next week, the report said. 

Turkey and Israel fell out spectacularly in 2010 after nine Turkish citizens died when Israeli marines stormed the Mavi Marmara flotilla headed to Gaza and were attacked. 

While a reconciliation agreement was reached in 2016, Erdogan has repeatedly verbally attacked Israel and copped tongue-lashings in kind from Netanyahu.

The relationship hit a new nadir in May when Turkey expelled Israeli diplomats -- quickly mirrored by Israel -- over the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza border clashes and demonstrations. 

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IL must out of pure Ethics recognize the Armenian genocide. Should have been done long ago.

Israel should recognised Armenians genocide , its long over due, over turkeys hostility’s toward Israel.

Must be done.stuffed turkey.

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