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Hardline Israeli minister visits Jerusalem

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Hardline Israeli minister visits Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: A nationalist hardliner in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government yesterday visited an ultra-sensitive Jerusalem holy site, ending a longstanding ban on such activity, reports AFP.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, of the Jewish Home party, toured the Haram al-Sharif compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock without any reported incident.

It is located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

The same site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is the holiest in Judaism, revered as the spot where the two biblical Jewish temples once stood.

It is the third-holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina. Images posted on the right-wing news site Arutz Sheva showed Ariel with the golden-topped Dome of the Rock behind him.

After his visit, he spoke to Israeli public radio about the "draconian" restrictions placed on Jewish access to the site and the total ban on Jewish prayer there.

"I prayed in my heart," he said. "There is only one place in the world where such limitations on Jews exist and that is the place which is the most holy to Jews."

Sharren Haskel, a lawmaker from Netanyahu's Likud party, also made the pilgrimage Sunday.

 

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