“We’re in charge here,” Ben Gvir said, looking around. “I’m happy to climb the Temple Mount, the most important place for the Jewish people.” The last time Ben-Gvir visited the Temple Mount in January, it provoked a furious reaction in the Arab world, and Jordan called the Israeli ambassador for an explanation, according to The Times of Israel.
p class=””>Ben-Gvir praised the Israel Police for organizing Jewish visits to the holy site, which he said “proves who is responsible in Jerusalem.” “Any threats from Hamas are irrelevant. We are responsible for Jerusalem and the whole land of Israel,” he said, referring to the Gaza-based Palestinian group that threatened Israel to act if the so-called status quo on the Temple Mount was changing.
Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudayneh called Ben Gvir’s visit a “flagrant attack” on the mosque. The Jordanian Foreign Ministry called it a “condemned provocative step, a dangerous and unacceptable escalation”. Neighboring Egypt, which like Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, also issued condemnation.
Israel captured the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan in the Six Day War of 1967. However, this allowed the Jordanian waqf to maintain religious authority atop the mountain. Under the 1994 peace treaty, Israel recognized Amman’s “special role” in Jerusalem’s Muslim shrines. This place is considered the most sacred in Judaism, because there are two biblical temples, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the mountain is the third most important shrine in Islam, which has made this place the main fire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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