The presidency warned Israel against attempts to change the existing status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque, condemning in particular statements by the Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan in which he called for changing the historical status quo at the Muslim holy site by allowing Jews to worship there as well.
“We condemn these statements aimed at increasing tension and fueling the feelings of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations,” said the presidency in a statement, stressing that “Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line and will not be touched in any way.”
The statement held the Israeli government responsible for the provocations and attacks by Jewish fanatics on religious places in occupied Jerusalem, especially against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It called on the international community to intervene to pressure Israel to stop these provocations, which if continued will lead to a situation that will not be controlled and has very serious consequences.
The presidency affirmed that the Palestinian leadership, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, is in coordination and continuous contact with the various concerned parties to bring a halt to the attacks against Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish extremists under the protection of the Israeli government.