Following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity, Turkey’s President Erdogan declared the announcement as a red line.
But Turkey’s military and economic relationship with the Zionist entity for over a decade shows that his red line is merely lip service.
Turkey was the first Muslim-majority country to recognise the Zionist entity back in 1949.
Ever since, both economic and military trade have been booming both ways and have increased significantly since the AKP came to power.
Turkey/Zionist entity annual trade:
• 2002 – Annual trade 1.4 billion dollars
• 2008 – annual trade 3.3 billion dollars
• 2010 – annual trade over 4 billion dollars
• 2014 – annual trade approx 5 billion dollars
All of this trade has occurred despite the Zionist entity having killed thousands in Palestine during this time via its invasions on Gaza – and it is yet to increase further!
Earlier this year, Turkey called for a tripling of trade volume between the two countries in the next five years.
After a very successful first quarter in 2017, whereby:
Turkish exports to the Zionist entity increased by 20% and exports by the Zionist entity to Turkey rose by 45%, Mehmet Buyukeksi, chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly, expressed his confidence that ZIonist-Turkish trade volume could grow from today’s $3.9 billion to $10bn within five years time.
In addition, the Turkish energy minister visited the Zionist entity this year to conclude an agreement for the building of a natural gas pipeline from the Zionist state to Turkey.
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُعْجِبُكَ قَوْلُهُ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيُشْهِدُ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا فِي قَلْبِهِ وَهُوَ أَلَدُّ الْخِصَامِ
وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِي الْأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ
And of the people is he whose speech pleases you in worldly life, and he calls Allah to witness as to what is in his heart, yet he is the fiercest of opponents.
And when he goes away, he strives throughout the land to cause corruption therein and destroy crops and animals, and Allah does not like corruption.” [Al-Baqarah: 204-205]
Military and strategic alliance
Zionist pilots practice manoeuvres in Turkish airspace, and their technicians are modernizing Turkish combat jets. They also conduct some of their training in Turkey.
Turkey purchases high-tech defence equipment from the Zionist entity, whilst supplying it with military boots and uniforms.
Whether Erdogan calls the Zionist entity ‘a terrorist state’ or hurls every insult under the sun, his deep military and economic ties with the Zionist entity shows that his red lines and colourful insults are no more than rhetorical lip service and Muslims should be aware of this.
We shouldn’t cave in to appeasing words, rather we must demand action in the face of injustice and evil.
The Prophet (s.a.w) said to Ka’b ibn ‘Ujrah:
“I seek refuge from Allah (swt) for you from the leadership of Sufahaa. He said, what is the leadership of Sufahaa (feeble-minded)? He (s.a.w) said: Leaders who will come after me, who will not be guided by my guidance, who will not follow my Sunnah, whoever believes in their lies and supports their oppression, they are not from me and I am not from them, and they will not be gathered with me at my Haudh (Sacred Fountain), and whoever does not believe in their lies and does not support them in their oppression, they are from me and I am from them and they will be gathered with me at my Haudh…” Reported by Abdul-Razzaaq in his compilation [#20719]