U.S. Concerned, Arab Countries Condemn Ben-Gvir’s Har Habayis Visit

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The United States on Tuesday voiced its concern over the visit to the Har Habayis by Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir earlier in the day, which drew condemnation from a handful of Arab states as a “provocation.”

“We are deeply concerned by the visit of the Israeli minister at the Temple Mount\Haram al-Sharif,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price. “This visit has the potential of exacerbating tensions and lead to violence.”

An official in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office said earlier that Israeli leader Bibi Netanyahu denied that Ben-Gvir’s visit changed the status quo of the holy site.

“Netanyahu is obliged to strictly maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount without change, he will not submit to the dictates of Hamas,” the official urged. “As part of the status quo, ministers have often gone up to the Temple Mount in recent years. Therefore, the claim that there is a change in the status quo is without merit.”

The United Arab Emirates joined other Arab countries in condemning the event, including Jordan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, who all issued statements criticizing the first ascent to the Jerusalem holy site by a government minister in five years.

“This provocative attack… undermines international efforts and religious sanctities,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said. Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned “in the strongest terms… the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif this morning, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.”

The Jordanians stressed that the compound is a “pure place of worship” for Muslims, making no mention that the Har Habayis is considered the holiest site in Judaism (it is the third holiest site in Islam). Under the “status quo” agreement of 1967 following the Six Day War, Jordan’s Islamic waqf was given rights to oversee the compound with Israel also taking security control. In what some consider a discriminatory practice, non-Muslims are not allowed to worship at the site.

His visit also drew criticism from the Palestinians, with the PA Foreign Ministry calling it “an unprecedented provocation.” The Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas also issued a statement calling the visit a “crime” and falsely accusing Ben-Gvir of “invading” the Al Aqsa Mosque and threatening the “Arab identity” of the site.

Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the Har Habayis in the early hours of Tuesday morning while the compound was empty, after coordinating with Israel’s security services. He had vowed to continue his practice of ascending the holy site, though he had initially denied the visit would come during his first week in office.

It was also confirmed that Netanyahu’s first official visit to the UAE was postponed, although no immediate reason was given and it was unclear if it was related to Ben-Gvir’s Har Habayis visit. Israel and the UAE established diplomatic relations in 2020 as part of the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords. –i24 News


5 COMMENTS

  1. Im against going onto temple mount but shows you liberal bleeding heart are 2 faced. He she pronouns but freedom of religion to all isn’t supported.

  2. “We are deeply concerned by the visit of the Israeli minister at the Temple Mount\Haram al-Sharif,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price. “This visit has the potential of exacerbating tensions and lead to violence.”

    Who asked this dumb fiend for his stupid opinions?

  3. The Zionist government officially consider themselves a sovereign country but they’re a spineless coward afraid of their own shaddow.

  4. You don’t need a Goiy in the U.S. State Department or spokesman Ned Price to warn what the punishment is for going on Har Habayis.

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