The US criticizes the Israeli minister’s visit to the Temple Mount

The US is criticizing Israel’s Minister of National Security, the right-wing nationalist Itamar Ben-Gvir, for visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the minister’s “inflammatory rhetoric” on Monday night.

This is written by the Reuters news agency.

– All the threats from Hamas are not going to help them. We decide in Jerusalem and over all the land of Israel, the minister said at the holy site, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Jews typically have limited access to the plateau at the top of the Temple Mount, where the al-Aqsa Mosque is located. The mosque is the third holiest place in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, the Temple Mount is considered the holiest place in Judaism.

The US State Department also criticizes the Israeli government’s decision to allow Israeli settlers to settle permanently in the settlement of Homesh in the West Bank.

– The promotion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is an obstacle to the achievement of a two-state solution, the ministry writes in a press release.

The ministry notes that the settlements in Homesh “under Israeli law are illegally built on privately owned Palestinian land”.

– This order is inconsistent with both former Prime Minister Sharon’s (Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel in 2001-2006, ed.) written promise to the George Bush government in 2004 and the current Israeli government’s promise to the Joe Biden government, the ministry writes.

Israel was established on May 14, 1948, when David Ben Gurion proclaimed the Jewish state. It happened in continuation of the UN partition plan for the old British mandate area.

The plan divided the area between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, i.e. roughly the current Israel and the West Bank, into a Jewish part and an Arab part.


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