Israel’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely has come under fire for saying her dream was for the Israeli flag to fly over the Temple Mount site in Jerusalem.
The comments led Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn members of his government on Monday night to “act accordingly” on the sensitive issue of the flashpoint holy site, which is at the epicenter of the current wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
The compound is considered the third holiest site in Islam and is revered by Jews as their holiest site, known as Temple Mount.
Known to Muslims as Al-Aqsa mosque, the compound is situated in east Jerusalem which was seized from Jordan in the 1967 war. While Jordan has retained custodial rights over the holy sites, administered by the Jordanian Waqf, Israel controls access. Clashes at the site erupted in September as Muslims protested an increase in Jewish visitors during their religious holidays. Palestinian protesters accuse the Jewish state of seeking to change the rules governing the compound which allows Jews to visit, but not pray there.
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