Singing 'hit, hit Zionists,' thousands rally against Israel in Istanbul · Demonstrators wave Turkish and Palestinian flags; protest security measures around Temple. In first major spat since countries re-established ties, ambassador called in for dressing down after Turkish leader accuses Israel of racism; Jerusalem mayor. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Israel and urged more Muslims to visit the Temple Mount, or Noble. Turkey promised to block legal action against Israeli soldiers involved in the raid and limit the activities of militant group Hamas in the country. By Times of Israel staff. Speaking in Istanbul to the International Forum on Al-Quds Waqfs , a conference aimed at promoting Palestinian economic development, according to the forum website, Erdogan said that about 26, Turks visited Jerusalem last year -- the highest number among Muslim countries, reported Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency. Latest Articles News Features. His frequent sparring with Israel has in the past increased his popularity in the Arab world, crafting an image of a defender of oppressed Muslims, which has resonated with conservative supporters in Turkey. Argentina Brazil Canada Chile Colombia Cuba Haiti Mexico Paraguay Peru United States military Uruguay Venezuela. Everyone knows that my criticism [of Israel] focuses on some critical issues. OUR FREE DAILY NEWS BLAST. Nasi, however, also voices caution. Your opinion Show comments Loading comments Toddler hospitalized after being forgotten in car. Even in the current tensions, cooperation remains an important aspect of relations.