US flogs Ben Gvir for 'provocative, inflammatory' tour on tense Temple MountState Department slams far-right minister for politicizing holy site with visit meant to show Israeli muscle; move paving way for resurrection of Homesh outpost also panned
By TOI STAFF and JACOB MAGID
The United States expressed deep misgivings with National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvirs provocative visit to the Temple Mount Sunday, chiding the Israeli hardliner for using inflammatory rhetoric and politicizing the holy site.
The statement from State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller also spoke out against Jerusalem for lifting a ban on Israelis entering the area of the former Homesh outpost, paving the way for settlers to return and build a formal settlement there.
Ben Gvir, leader of the extremist Otzma Yehudit party, took a highly visible tour of the Temple Mount on Sunday, boasting that he was flexing Israels sovereignty over the flashpoint site holy to both Jews and Muslims.
We are also concerned by todays provocative visit to the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif in Jerusalem and the accompanying inflammatory rhetoric, the State Department said.
This holy space should not be used for political purposes, and we call on all parties to respect its sanctity, it added.
During the tour, Ben Gvir made clear that his visit was intended to send a political message.
We are in charge here, Ben Gvir declared
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What business do they have at that site? None.
ANY Jew should be able to go to the Temple Mount anytime. Any part of it. To hell with anyone who is triggered by that.
I will give the slightest damn about Muslim sensitivities as soon as they allow Jews and Christians to sightsee at Mecca.
Only its not the opinion of US President Joe Biden .
See : https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-hosts-jordans-abdullah-for-third-time-in-nod-to-kings-role-in-region/
If Donald Trump returns to power or someone else from the Republican party you and your believes regarding the Temple Mount and the settlements will be fulfilled, of that I have no doubt .
Right now the current administration is with us and against Bibi and his fanatical religious fascists that keep him in