UAE summons Israeli envoy, calls for UN session to discuss Temple Mount policing | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Hana Levi Julian | Nisan 19, 5782 – April 19, 2022
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UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy summoned Israel’s Ambassador to the UAE Amir Hayek on Tuesday over Israeli police efforts to quell the violence Arabic in the Temple Mount compound and elsewhere in the Old City of Jerusalem which has been taking place daily since last Friday.
This is the first time Hayek has been called up since arriving in the country last October.
UAE warns Israel against Temple Mount
The UAE minister’s office said it had warned Israel that “full protection” must be provided to Arab worshipers on the Temple Mount, known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif, and “s is said to be concerned about the escalating tension that threatens the stability and security of the Temple Mount.” Region.”
The minister also stressed the importance of respecting Jordan’s role as guardian of the Temple Mount.
Furthermore, the minister stressed the need to resume negotiations for “the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with legitimate international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.”
More provocation: Ancient artifacts are still used by Arabs to block Jewish visitors inside the Temple Mount compound
The annual Arab campaign of Ramadan lies has been particularly successful this year in stoking outrage and fear in the region by claiming that Israel plans to disrupt the status quo on the Temple Mount, and that Israeli “settlers” have “stormed” the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The United States also puts pressure on Israel
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also believed the lies and pressured Israel to “restore calm”. But in a phone conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Blinken heard different information.
I said @SecBlinken that Israel will not tolerate calls for violence, and I stressed the need for international support to restore calm to Jerusalem.
— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid? (@yairlapid) April 19, 2022
Lapid briefed Blinken on Israel’s efforts to ensure freedom of worship for followers of the three religions in Jerusalem. “The two men discussed the importance of Passover, Easter and Ramadan,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Lapid highlighted Israel’s “responsible and measured efforts in the face of the rioting of hundreds of Islamist extremists on the Temple Mount, as well as the lies and misinformation being spread by extremists who fan the flames of violence instead of ‘bring calm,’ the ministry said.
The foreign minister also said the secretary was “unwilling to tolerate calls for violence and stressed the need for international support to bring calm to Jerusalem.”
UAE leads UN pressure against Israel
At the United Nations, the United Arab Emirates – Israel’s “peace partner” and co-signatory to the historic Abraham Accords – also led a group of five member states this week to call for an emergency session of the Security Council.
The other four countries led by the UAE delegation were France, China, Ireland and Norway.
The meeting was held behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss the violence on the Temple Mount.
Prior to the session, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent each delegation a statement containing video clips of Arabs throwing stones and other objects at Israeli police and soldiers on the Temple Mount and in the compound of Al Aqsa Mosque.
The statement contained a message emphasizing that Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount.
“Unanimity to oppose this aggression”
At the end of the session, Palestinian Authority envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour told reporters during a surveillance that the meeting had been convened to discuss the “explosive situation in East Jerusalem , especially Haram al-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Mosque during this very important period of the holy month of Ramadan”. .”
Mansour told reporters: “We know what each delegation said, and it can be said that there was unanimity in the closed meeting of the Security Council to oppose this aggression, respecting the status quo. landmark on the Al Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif, and recognizing the guardianship of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
“But in our view, it’s not enough,” he continued. “We need more, and that is why we continue to knock on the door of the Security Council and all components of the United Nations, including the good offices of the Secretary-General.”
Bennett closes Temple Mount to Jews until end of Ramadan
Bennett’s Caves close the Temple Mount to Jews
Responding to pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decided on Tuesday evening to close the Temple Mount to Jews, starting this weekend, until the end of Ramadan despite its status as Judaism’s holiest site. .
Temple Mount activist Tom Nisani said JewishPress.com that Israeli police will also be withdrawn from the site, a particularly risky, if not downright dangerous move, given the attacks on Jews praying in the nearby Western Wall plaza carried out by Arabs using the compound as a base.
Bennett’s decision follows Ra’am’s demands
The shutdown also coincides with the first of five demands by Mansour Abbas and his Islamic Ra’am party, as a condition of their return to Bennett’s coalition.
The first demand was to end all Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
Islamist Ra’am demands to stay in Israel’s coalition government
Specifically, Abbas demanded that Israel sign “a pledge to maintain the status quo in the Al Aqsa Mosque (on the Temple Mount) and holy sites, and to prevent Jewish prayer in the Temple Mount plazas.” .
Palestinian Authority thanks Jordan and makes new demands
In his statement, Mansour thanked “all those who expressed their support” during the Security Council meeting for “the condemnation of this aggression by the Israeli occupation authorities who stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Haram al-Sharif with extremist settlers, in complete disregard of the sensitive feelings of Palestinian Muslims who worship during this very important time at Al Aqsa Mosque.”
Mansour called for the immediate withdrawal of “all Israeli occupation forces” from the compound, and “the complete withdrawal of these forces in addition to the release of all those who have been arrested since last Friday in the compound”.
The Palestinian Authority, he said, calls on the Security Council – together with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – to provide “international protection to our people against this attack on our people in this holy month of Ramadan”.
Mansour added special thanks to “our brothers in Jordan” who called for an emergency ministerial meeting of the Jerusalem Committee of the League of Arab States, to be held next Thursday, “to take further steps in this regard.” .
A meeting is being held on Wednesday with the Caucus of the Non-Aligned Movement of the Security Council, he said, to “maintain the pressure on the Security Council to stop this aggression against the Al Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif, whom we condemn”. in the strongest terms.
All of these steps, Mansour added, are “in preparation” for the open debate in the Security Council, which will be held on April 25.