The UN Security Council convened today (Thursday) to discuss the matter of the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gabir's ascension to the Temple Mount. The discussion was attended by Arab countries but also representatives of countries such as China, France, Brazil and Japan.
Last night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a telegram to 15 Israeli embassies around the world with the aim of preventing the meeting from taking place and thwarting the adoption of a decision or publication of a statement on behalf of the council members.
Ben Gabir ascended the Temple Mount for a 13-minute visit on Tuesday morning. His ascension to the holy place drew a wave of reactions both from the Arab world and from European and American countries. Earlier today The foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Qatar, Algeria and the Palestinian Authority today condemned Ben Gabir's visit to the Temple Mount. The ministers held a conference call, at the end of which they issued a joint statement emphasizing that this is a provocation that must be condemned The most severe and in violation of the status quo in the holy places in Jerusalem.
Went up to the Temple Mount for a 13 minute visit Tuesday morning.
Itamar Ben Gvir at the entrance to the Temple Mount (photo: official website, Temple Mount Administration)
"This is a serious escalation that the UN Security Council must act to stop by putting pressure on Israel to stop the provocative measures in Jerusalem," the joint statement said. The statement was published a few hours before the emergency discussion in the Security Council on Ben Gabir's ascension to the Temple Mount.
Itamar Ben Gabir