Ben-Gvir visits Temple Mount: ‘Israel will not give in to Hamas threats’

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Israel’s new government ‘will not give in to threats from Hamas,’ National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said as he arrived at the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning for his planned pilgrimage to the Jerusalem holy site.

‘The Temple Mount is the most important place for the Jewish people,’ the minister said in a statement made following his visit to the religious site. ‘We [will] maintain freedom of movement for Muslims and Christians,’ Ben-Gvir stressed, adding that ‘Jews will climb the mountain.’

‘Those who make threats will be dealt with an iron fist,’ the minister further warned.

Opposition head and former prime minister Yair Lapid had previously warned that such a visit by Ben-Gvir would spark tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank, saying that ‘as weak as Bibi is, he must this time stand up and tell [Ben-Gvir] not to visit the Temple Mount, since people will die,’ Lapid said…”

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