At such a time when there are perpetual problems in the Middle East and the Gulf, Turkey has to stand firm as a strong country

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's two-day Gulf visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar has ended. Since the beginning of the Qatar crisis, Erdoğan has been calling on the parties for sobriety, opposing the unfair pressures and impositions on Qatar and acting as a mediator in the crisis, all of which makes his visit significant.

This visit has revealed that the crisis would not end, but communication between Turkey and the parties continues and the parties behave in favor of dialogue for the sake of a solution. Turkey is supporting Kuwait's efforts for a solution and does not want the problem to deepen or evolve into a new conflict.

The crisis, however, is not limited to Qatar alone. In addition to the serious conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Israel's installment of metal detectors and cameras at Al-Aqsa Mosque last week reopened that bleeding wound further. Israel continues its inhuman policies. And once again, it is coming to light that the international system is not functioning, that the U.N. exists only as a sign, that the global conscience is dead and that the advocates of humanism side with oppressors when things do not serve their interests. On the other hand, the loudest, even the only and the strongest voice rising from the Islamic world is that of Erdoğan. Turkey condemned Israel with very harsh rhetoric and called on all Muslims to react to it. It seems that these remarks have started producing results, given that Israel has announced that it has removed the metal detectors, but the cameras are still there.

It is very important for Turkey to raise objections, because Turkey, unlike Iran, is not a country that adopts a categorical approach to Israel. Moreover, relations between the two countries have tended to improve in recent times. That is why Erdoğan's objection has a different meaning and effect.

As a matter of fact, body searches with metal detectors were abolished by the effect of that objection, but Muslims could not make a decision to enter or not at the time when I wrote this article.

Israel wants to have sovereignty over the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), which is controlled by the Al-Aqsa Foundation, through the metal detectors it installed at the entrances to Al-Aqsa. This step, which Israel took without consulting the Al-Aqsa Foundation despite formally recognizing its right to govern Al-Aqsa, has caused tremendous reactions with concern that further steps might come. Palestinians are rightfully concerned that Al-Aqsa will be divided and taken away from them. For this reason, Israel's removal of the metal detectors is crucial not only as an act of dismantling, but also in terms of showing that Al-Aqsa is not under its control.

The Middle East has always been a challenging and complicated region, but there are also efforts to introduce a reconstruction process in recent times, apart from its routine difficulty. The U.S. and Russia are seeking to reconsolidate power over the entire region through Iraq and Syria. The people there are being ignored, great atrocities are taking place and there are efforts to change demographics in some places. At such a time, Turkey faces multiple threats, but it has to stand firm as a strong country in the region. This is not an easy test at all.

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