The UN Security Council insisted in its emergency session on maintaining the status quo over the dispute caused by an Israeli minister’s entry into the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Israel’s far-right leader and security minister, Atmar Ben Guerr, entered the Al-Aqsa mosque last week, in what Palestinian leaders described as an “extraordinarily provocative move” and by the rest of the world, as well as Muslim countries. was condemned.
China and the United Arab Emirates called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over the incident. In an emergency session on Thursday, the Security Council insisted on maintaining the status quo at the Al-Aqsa mosque, but refrained from taking any action on the controversial move by Israeli leader Atmar Ben Guerr.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is considered the third holiest site for Muslims after Masjid Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
For decades, only Muslims have been allowed to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Although Jews also consider it sacred to themselves. They call it the Temple Mount. Israel’s far-right groups have long sought to change their ‘status quo’ and allow Jews to worship there. Far-right Jews have also called for a Jewish synagogue to be built on the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The demand for Palestine
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour appealed to the Security Council to take action against Israel in connection with Ben Guer’s provocative actions. – The border the Security Council has been waiting for Israel to finally cross is now over, he said. He also accused Israel of showing “complete contempt” for the Security Council.
The Palestinian ambassador expressed disappointment at the council’s lack of action and warned that the situation could spiral out of control. Addressing the meeting, Khalid Khairi, a senior UN political affairs official, said this is the first time since 2017 that an Israeli minister has entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“While there has been no violence since his visit, it is seen as provocative in the context of Ben Gower’s previous statements about change of status,” he said.
Before the emergency meeting of the Security Council, the Israeli representative Gilad Erdan told journalists that there was absolutely no need for this meeting. “It is really absurd to call such a meeting of the Security Council,” he said.
Erdan said that Ben Guerr’s visit was “exactly in accordance with the rules to maintain the situation as it is, and anyone who claims otherwise is only making the situation worse.” “It is regrettable that the Security Council has to hold an emergency meeting just because of a brief and legal visit,” he added.
What did other countries say?
The United States, which favors a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said it was “concerned about any unilateral action that would worsen the situation and undermine the prospects for a two-state solution.” It’s fear of being styled.”
US Ambassador Robert Wood said: “We know that the Israeli Prime Minister has called for the status quo in the holy sites to be maintained, and we hope that Israel will keep its promises.”
Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, which have diplomatic relations with Israel, also condemned Ben Guerre’s move. Saudi Arabia, which wants a peace treaty with Israel, has also criticized Ben Guerre. While Turkey, which recently ended diplomatic tensions with Israel, also condemned Ben Guerre’s visit, describing it as provocative.