Israel to allow its ministers and MKs to enter Al-Aqsa

PNN/ Jerusalem/

The Israeli Minister of public security, Gilad Erdan on Tuesday said that Israeli Ministers and MKs will regain permission to enter al-Aqsa Mosque, Haaretz said,

Erdan was quoted as stating that police will soon give a go-ahead for the Israeli ministers and MKs to visit the al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas.

“The police think, based on its professional evaluation, that visits may be renewed under certain conditions, including that MKs give several hours advance notice,” said Erdan.

When visits are renewed, he added, attention must be paid to the timing, so that they don’t happen in a period of unrest and provoke more instability.

A ban on Israeli ministers and MKs has been in place for several months under the recommendations of the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu after tension has reached a peak in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Al-Aqsa mosque is the first Qiblah and Third holiest place in Islam, which dictates that the site cannot be used as a touristic place, but only for practicing rituals.

The mosque was also  recently announced pure Islamic heritage by the UNESCO. However, Israeli settlers have been entering its yards on a daily basis amid a nervous atmosphere.