Less than a month ago the Turkish state’s mouthpiece the daily Yeni Şafak ran an article for Erdogan titled “A call for urgent action” and on the newspaper’s website headlined “What if an army of Islam formed against Israel?”
It called for the 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to form a joint army to simultaneously attack Israel from all sides.
The article said: “If the member states of the OIC unite militarily, they will form the world’s largest and most comprehensive army.
“The number of active soldiers would be at least 5,206,100, while the defence budget would reach approximately $175billion (£124billion).”
This was accompanied by an interactive map providing formation of military forces for a joint Muslim attack on Israel.