Gantz gets word out about Israel protecting status quo on Temple Mount

Defense Minister Benny Gantz wants to make sure the world knows that Israel is safeguarding freedom of religion and the status quo on the Temple Mount, tweeting out messages to that effect in Arabic, Hebrew and English.

“Israel has ensured and will continue to ensure and defend freedom of prayer, the status quo on the Temple Mount and most importantly– the security of all the citizens of the area,” he writes.

Despite the message going out just as the army announces a new closure on the West Bank and Gaza for the end of the Passover holiday, Gantz is sure to note that Israel did not extend the restrictions over the holiday’s intermediate days between Sunday and Thursday.

He also joins other leaders in protesting comments from Arab leaders, particularly Jordan’s prime minister, appearing to back violent Palestinian protests.

“I call on the Palestinian leadership and all the region’s leaders to act responsibly to ensure security stability and to expand the civil policy we aim to implement before Eid al-Fitr,” he writes.


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