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New Israeli Police Minister Ben-Gvirom pays provocative visit to Temple Mount KXan 36 Daily News

Date: April 22, 2024 Time: 07:07:56

Right-wing extremist Ben-Gvir in Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government became Israel’s new Minister of National Security and at the same time the head of the National Police. In the Jewish state, he has a reputation as a “political firebrand and provocateur,” according to the German Spiegel. Despite warnings, he visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the first time since he took office. According to Israeli media reports, he arrived at the holy site in the old city early in the morning, accompanied by police officers. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that rules the Gaza Strip, previously warned against such a visit by Ben Gvir and threatened another serious escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Temple Mount is known in Islam as “Haram al-Sharif”, a noble sanctuary. Along with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is the third most important site in Islam. At the same time, the mountain above the Wailing Wall is also sacred in Judaism, because two Jewish temples used to be on it. The Temple Mount is under Muslim control and Israel is responsible for its security.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, who was once convicted of inciting racism and supporting a terrorist organization, is known for his anti-Arab rhetoric and provocative actions, such as brandishing a weapon in a tense Palestinian area. As he forms the 37th cabinet in Israeli history, he called for a relaxation of the rules of engagement that allow Israeli security forces to fire on suspected Palestinians. He also intends to grant soldiers immunity from prosecution in such cases. Ben-Gvir has previously said that he intends to ease restrictions on Jewish visits to Jerusalem’s most important holy site, the Temple Mount. And now he personally paved the way for him.

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Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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