UAE to call for emergency UN Security Council hearing over Ben Gvir’s Temple Mount visit

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Visitors to the Temple Mount on January 3, 2023. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)
Visitors to the Temple Mount on January 3, 2023. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

The United Arab Emirates is expected to submit a request to convene an emergency hearing of the UN Security Council regarding alleged Israeli violations of the status quo at the Temple Mount following National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir’s visit to the flashpoint holy site this morning, a diplomat on the top body tells The Times of Israel.

The request will be made on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, who lambasted Israel for Ben Gvir’s visit, as did the UAE.

Japan currently holds the presidency on the council and will decide whether to hold a session, though such requests are not typically rejected.

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