Palestinian Foreign Ministry warns of dangers facing Al-Aqsa under Netanyahu-Ben Gvir government

Sami Hegazi
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The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned on Sunday of the dangers surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem under the upcoming Netanyahu-Ben-Gvir Israeli government coalition, including the threat of more mass incursions into the holy site by extremist Israeli settlers.

The ministry said these dangers are particularly serious in light of the agreements signed between Benjamin Netanyahu and Itamar Ben-Gvir, which grant the latter massive powers to practice his racist policies and agenda, including conducting widespread and radical changes to the existing historical and legal status quo at the holy site.

“Making any changes to the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque is a direct threat that will cause an explosion in the conflict that will be across the entire region,” said the ministry in a statement.

The ministry also urged Arab and Islamic countries to act immediately to coordinate their efforts and agree on a programme of action at the political, diplomatic, and legal fronts to provide the necessary international protection for Jerusalem and its sanctities and to implement the relevant Arab and Islamic resolutions to enhance the steadfastness of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem. 

Earlier on Sunday, scores of Israeli settler fanatics guarded by police broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in occupied Jerusalem.

The Jordanian-run Islamic Waqf Department that is in charge of the holy site said scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in groups and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there under the protection of Israeli police officers.

The conservative Likud Party led by Israeli Prime Minister-Designate Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Friday that it had signed the first coalition agreement with the far-right Jewish Power Party.

The deal does not represent the formation of a new, full, and final government in Israel, but gives ultra-nationalist Itamar Ben-Gvir the Police Ministry and a seat in the security cabinet.

A right-wing victory with a clear majority in the 1 November election ended a nearly four-year political stalemate and raised expectations within Likud of quick alliances with religious-nationalist parties that share the party’s ideas and orientations.

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