Palestinian Islamic scholar Yousef Makharzah said in an April 22, 2022 sermon that was posted on the Youtube channel of Hizbu ut-Tahrir-affiliated Al-Waqiyah TV (Lebanon) that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a liar, because he welcomed Israel's "satan" president, Isaac Herzog, and said that normalizing relations with Israel does not affect Turkey's position vis-à-vis Jerusalem. He said that this is the same as saying that committing adultery does not affect one's honor, stating: "These are our leaders... We justify a liar's lies, calling it politics." For more about Sheikh Makharzah, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 7849, No. 8500, No. 8557, No. 8877, No. 9207, No. 9356, No. 9411, No. 9435.
Yousef Makharzah: "Along came the big hero Erdoğan, making vigorous speeches after he welcomed Satan [Israeli President Herzog] in his mosque. [Erdoğan] said that the normalization of relations with 'Israel' would not affect [Turkish] positions regarding Jerusalem. What a first-rate Jerusalemite! [He says that] the normalization will not harm Jerusalem, as if normalization is one thing and Jerusalem is another.
"This is a man who commits adultery, but his honor remains intact. After all, adultery is one thing and honor is another... Adultery does not make one lose his honor. Adultery does not diminish the dignity of those who are honorable. After all, honor is one thing and adultery is another... Normalization with the Jews is one thing and the defense of Jerusalem is another. This is another form of 'art.'
"These are our leaders. They serve as our pillows when we go to sleep. They are our eyes. They have supporters and dancers from amongst us who justify their actions. We are a nation that justifies a woman in her dancing, calling it a form of art. We justify a liar's lies, calling it politics."