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Israeli Minister quotes the Jewish Amidah prayer to rebuild the biblical Temple, PA "condemns" him, claiming he is "targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the fact that an Israeli minister targeted the Al-Aqsa Mosque and his calls to build the alleged Temple in its place”




“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the second Hanukkah candle lighting by [Israeli] occupation Minister of Religious Services Matan Kahana at the entrance to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount), and his claims according to which he is ‘standing at the entrance to the most ancient (sic., Kahana said “holiest”) site of the Jewish people,’ while he called ‘to build’ the alleged ‘Temple’ quickly (refers to him quoting from the Jewish Amidah prayer; see note below -Ed.).

In a statement yesterday [Nov. 30, 2021], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Israeli escalation that took place with invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the religious, archaeological, and historical sites in the West Bank during the Jewish holidays…

It held the Israeli government fully and directly responsible for these attacks and the attempts to change the nature of the conflict from political to religious.”





At the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at the Mughrabi Gate of the Temple Mount on Nov. 29, 2021, Israeli Minister of Religious Services Matan Kahana said: “We are at the entrance to the holiest site for the Jewish people, and we pray at least three times a day: 'May it be Your will that the Holy Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days’ and also in birkat hamazon (i.e., Grace After Meals).”


The PA and its leaders misrepresent all of the Temple Mount as an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore, they vilify any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.