Far-right Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir vowed Wednesday, 25 January 2023 to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque again in the future.
“With all due respect to Jordan, I invaded and will continue to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel is independent and does not undergo any government supervision” stated Ben Gvir.
Ben Gvir’s extremist statements coincide with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the Kingdom of Jordan, yesterday.
During the meeting, Jordan’s King Abdullah II affirmed that Israel should respect the historical and legal status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the same context, Netanyahu pledged to preserve the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Jordanian local sources.
The Jordanian ambassador Ghassan Majali was stopped by Israeli police at the Lion’s Gate at the northern side of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and prevented from entering the site on claims of lack of coordination, a few days ago.
Earlier this month, Ben Gvir invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque which fuel the Palestinians’ and Arabs’ anger amid a wide scale of international condemnation.
As part of a decades-old accord between Jordan and the Israeli occupation, non-Muslims are not allowed to perform any religious rituals inside the confines of Al-Aqsa Mosque, nor are Israeli symbols allowed to be displayed.
In 2003, the Waqf’s management of Al-Aqsa visits was revoked by Israeli authorities. Since then, Israeli forces have allowed colonial settlers to break into the site on a near-daily basis.