The following is a portion of a press release from Turkish Muslim teacher Adnan Oktar, whose recent Ramadan gathering in Istanbul was attended by several leading Israeli nationalist figures.
This year’s event once again demonstrated that people of different cultures, identities and views could come together in an atmosphere of love and peace.
The guests of this special event were Jewish rabbis and Christian priests, politicians, the esteemed members of the Turkish Assyrian, Armenian, Jewish, Greek Orthodox and Catholic communities, as well as of the Jaffari, Alawite and Bekhtashi communities, the religious orders of the Nakshibendi and the Kadiri, the followers of the Treatise of Light (Nur), and National Vision (Milli Görüş) Movement.
One of the nicest gestures was the video message sent by Likud Party Knesset Member Rabbi Yehuda Glick to Mr. Adnan Oktar in celebration of Ramadan. Rabbi Glick began by saying, "My dear friend, honorary Mr. Adnan Oktar, champion of religious tolerance, champion of love to all human beings, champion of God in the world..."
Glick continued: "From the city of Jerusalem, chosen by God to be a city of peace, allow me to wish each and every one of you, blessings of success in bringing of God's light to all... We shall see on the Temple Mount, that House of Prayer, that unite all nations to One and Only God. From Jerusalem, allow me to wish you all Ramadan Kareem, from Jerusalem, the city of peace, city of Shalom."
During the day of the banquet, the Israeli delegation made a visit to the Jewish Museum of Turkey at the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul. Additionally, they toured the Bosphorus with the representatives of Mr. Adnan Oktar.
One of the guests, Mr. Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesman for the Jewish community in Hebron and an Israeli radio show host and writer, participated in Mr. Oktar’s live broadcast on A9 TV. He addressed Mr. Oktar saying, “I think that by you bringing us here today to Istanbul, you are part of that vision of connecting the peoples of the Middle East.”
Mr. Oktar replied, “People are more religious in Israel, that is a blessing for the entire region and the Islamic world. They are not aware that Jews are people of love. We all will be students of the King Moshiach, the King Messiah. The love for Moshiach brings blessings to Israel, this is a vital matter. God protects Israel from all troubles. If anyone attempts any harm against Israel, we will bring heavens down on them.”
Mr. Oktar made a request from the Israeli youth asking thousands of Jewish youth to come together and pray out loud for Moshiach’s coming.
Regarding Israel's presence in the Middle East, Mr. Oktar added, “God promised you to live on that land. You are a blessing for Muslims, but they can’t appreciate this.”