Jun 23, 2009 13:10 | Updated Jun 23, 2009 17:01
Minister's Temple Mt. visit irks Arabs
By ELIE LESHEM
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Tuesday made a rare visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, drawing condemnations from the Islamic Waqf, who charged that the tour was a "provocation."
Waqf Director Azzam el-Ahmed told the Palestinian Ma'an news agency that the visit had not been coordinated in advance and that he did not know the reason for the tour.
The visit is "a dangerous, pathetic provocation," said MK Taleb A-Sanaa (United Arab List). "Aharonovitch is unwelcome at the Al-Aksa Mosque, and his purpose was to incense the Muslims and try to show them who's in charge."
A-Sanaa asserted that the tour was only intended to "inflame the area" and warned that the minister would "suffer the consequences of the visit."