Ramallah: The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Israel's provocative decision to allow Jewish Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, saying that the Israeli government will bear full responsibility for the decision’s repercussions and consequences.
In a statement, issued on Monday, the ministry called on countries seeking to re-launch the peace process to abandon their silence and take urgent action to put an end to Israeli attempts that aim to thwart negotiation-resuming efforts.
The ministry pointed out that the Israeli government have proven itself to be a settler government by showing hostility to negotiation-resuming and peace-achieving efforts.
It said that the Israeli government is adhering to a dark right-wing ideology that aims to Judaize the Palestinian territories in general and occupied Jerusalem in particular.
Israel’s Channel 2 had earlier reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave authorisation for Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday August 29.
Netanyahu had issued an order prohibiting members of the Knesset from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in October 2015, since the outbreak of the uprising in Jerusalem. In July he temporarily lifted the ban following a legal petition by far-right Knesset member Yehuda Glick.
This decision was made after security considerations determined that the storming of Al-Aqsa by Israeli groups, including ministers and MKs, are a major factor in provoking Palestinians. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam.