Palestinians accuse Israeli minister of ‘attacking’ holy site — RT World News
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir entered the Temple Mount on Tuesday, drawing international condemnation
The Palestinian Authority and several Arab states have condemned Israel’s new National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir for trespassing on the disputed site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Ben-Gvir paid a 15-minute visit to the site on Tuesday, despite previous reports in the Israeli media that he would delay the trip following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.
This is reported by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Strongly condemns the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremist minister Ben-Gvir as an unprecedented provocation and a dangerous escalation of the conflict.
Netanyahu bears responsibility for this attack on Al-Aqsa the ministry added.
Located on a hill in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site. It is also the location of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in the Islamic faith. Israel captured the compound from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War, but allowed the Jordanians to retain religious authority there. So while the Temple Mount is patrolled by Israeli police, Jews can only enter during certain time slots and cannot pray at the site.
The hilltop is often the scene of clashes between Jews and Muslims, who claim that the Al-Aqsa Mosque has jurisdiction over the entire site. Israeli officers raided the mosque in April after Palestinians pelted it with stones and fireworks.
The Jordanian government denounced the attack on Ben-Gvir “raid” of the site, describes it as “a violation of his sanctity”, Reuters reported that. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the latter normalizing relations with Israel in 2020 — also condemned the visit, both saying “raid.”
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, called the visit a “detonator,” and vowed to respond, The Times of Israel reported.
Speaking to reporters after his visit, Ben-Gvir did not apologize. “The Temple Mount is the most important place for the people of Israel,” he said. “We maintain freedom of movement for Muslims and Christians, but Jews are also entering the field and those who make threats must be dealt with with an iron fist.”
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Ben-Gvir leads the “Jewish Power” party, one of several hardline factions that last month allied with Netanyahu to secure the prime minister a sixth term in office. Hardliners in Netanyahu’s government have previously urged the prime minister to grant controversial privileges to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews, and Ben-Gvir’s latest stunt reportedly prompted Netanyahu to postpone an upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates. Emirates postpone.
However, Israeli officials told the Ynet news site that the postponement had nothing to do with Ben-Gvir’s visit to the Temple Mount.
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