Report: Netanyahu agrees to limit Arab-Israeli worshipers on Temple Mount during Ramadan

Palestinians attend Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrations by the Dome of the Rock shrine in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, April 21, 2023. (AP Photo/ Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians attend Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrations by the Dome of the Rock shrine in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, April 21, 2023. (AP Photo/ Mahmoud Illean)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a demand by far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to limit Arab-Israeli worshipers on the Temple Mount during Ramadan, despite a warning against doing so by security officials, according to an unconfirmed Channel 13 report.

The Shin Bet was said to warn that such a move is likely to further inflame tensions, especially any move that applies to Israeli Arabs and those with permanent residence. The Israel Police, however, is reportedly said to favor such a move.

The flashpoint site is often a point of tension, particularly during Ramadan, which is slated to begin in mid-March.

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