Netanyahu accepted the IDF recommendations regarding Ramadan prayers on Temple Mount

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Mar 5, 2024

In a decision that has sparked debate and drawn both praise and criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has opted to accept the recommendations of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Shin Bet regarding the management of Ramadan prayers on the Temple Mount, despite resistance from the Minister of National Security.

The Prime Minister's Office announced that during the first week of Ramadan, worshipers will be permitted to enter the Temple Mount in numbers similar to those of previous years. Subsequent assessments will be conducted weekly to adjust security measures accordingly. The decision aims to uphold the freedom of worship while ensuring security and safety for all.

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir expressed strong reservations about the decision, fearing potential security risks. However, Netanyahu, supported by the IDF and Shin Bet, emphasized the importance of maintaining religious freedoms while remaining vigilant against potential threats, particularly amidst ongoing tensions with Hamas and concerns of unrest in Judea and Samaria.

The decision to allow a considerable number of worshipers on the Temple Mount has drawn criticism from some quarters, including Minister Ben Gvir, who warned of potential dangers and accused Netanyahu of overlooking security concerns.

Security measures for Ramadan include the deployment of thousands of police officers, strict checkpoints at Jerusalem entrances, and heightened intelligence efforts to thwart potential attacks or provocations. Additionally, efforts will be made to manage traffic effectively to ensure smooth access to the Temple Mount.

The decision has elicited mixed reactions, with some, like Mansour Abbas, chairman of the RA, commending the government's commitment to religious freedoms, while others express concerns about potential security implications.

As tensions remain high in the region, the Israeli government's handling of Ramadan prayers on the Temple Mount underscores the delicate balance between religious rights and security imperatives.

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