Israeli minister: Removal of installations at Aqsa admission of defeat

Removal security measures al-Aqsa

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel’s removal of the security measures at al-Aqsa Mosque amounts to a laying down of arms and an admission of defeat.

In an interview with the Israeli Army Radio on Thursday, Bennett said: “Israel is sadly weakened by this crisis. Instead of strengthening our sovereignty in Jerusalem, we conveyed a message that it could be challenged.”

In response to his support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett said: “I led the resistance against removing the security measures but as soon as I saw that the idea was not accepted, I acted responsibly and gave my support to the government.”

“But every time Israel bends a little, you get an intifada. It’s as if you gain in the short term but in the long term you are damaging the deterrence,” the chairman of Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi said.

“Following this crisis, I expect Netanyahu to order the Defense Minister to remove plans for easing the restrictions on the Palestinians and construction,” he added.

The Islamic authorities in Occupied Jerusalem signaled on Thursday a green light to Muslim prayers at holy al-Aqsa Mosque, 14 days after worshipers refused to enter the site through the Israel-run metal detectors.

Palestinians declared a hard-won victory Thursday against what they saw as a preplanned attempt by Israel to limit access to their holy site.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

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