Israel hits back at Erdogan over remarks on call to morning prayer in Jerusalem

Israeli Parliament (Knesset) building in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – The Israeli Foreign Ministry has responded Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s criticism of an Israeli parliament bill proposing to ban the call for morning prayers in Jerusalem, while also summoning Turkish Ambassador to Tel Aviv Kemal Ökem over the incident.

“Those who systematically violate human rights in their own country should not preach to the only true democracy in the region. Israel consistently protects total freedom of worship for Jews, Muslims and Christians – and will continue to do so despite the baseless slander launched against it,” the Israeli ministry said in a statement.

Turkish dictator Erdoğan had earlier said Turkey would not allow the call for morning prayers “to be silenced in Jerusalem.”