Prime Minister Netanyahu weighed in on the latest tensions in Jerusalem at the beginning of the weekly cupboard assembly on Sunday, emphasizing that Israel retains the proper to “build in Jerusalem,” after the Biden administration criticized the impeding evictions of Palestinian households in East Jerusalem and Israeli building in the West financial institution.
“We emphatically reject the pressures not to build in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, these pressures have been increasing of late. I say even to our best friends: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Just as every people builds its capital and in its capital, so too do we reserve the right to build Jerusalem and in Jerusalem. This is what we have done and what we will continue to do,” he mentioned, in accordance to a press release from his workplace.
The cupboard assembly was held in Jerusalem’s City corridor in honor of Jerusalem Day on Monday.
Three instances because the starting of April, US officials reached out to the Prime Minister’s Office to categorical their opposition to Israeli steps to construct past the Green Line, Channel 12 reported Thursday.
Netanyahu has repeatedly dismissed these objections.
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The US final week additionally expressed issues over the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the place over 70 Palestinian residents are threatened with eviction and may very well be changed by right-wing Jewish nationalists in a authorized battle being waged in the courts.
The case has been cited as one of many key points sparking among the worst clashes seen in years at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound on Friday and additional violence Saturday amid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Beyond the Biden administration, the approaching eviction has drawn criticism from allies all through Europe, in addition to Israel’s newfound mates in the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
On Sunday, the Supreme Court canceled a listening to scheduled for Monday that might have decided whether or not 4 Palestinian households in Sheikh Jarrah could be evicted.
According to a secret authorized opinion, Israeli safety officers have been nervous the listening to may additional gas tensions, the Walla information website reported.
Monday additionally marks Jerusalem Day, when tens of 1000’s of Jewish nationalists are anticipated to march by way of the Old City of Jerusalem to mark 54 years since its seize in the course of the Six Day War. Security officers are contemplating putting limits on Jerusalem Day occasions or canceling them fully, Hebrew media reported Sunday.
During the cupboard assembly, referring to the riots at the Temple Mount over the weekend, Netanyahu additionally mentioned Israel “will continue to guard freedom of worship for all faiths, but we will not allow violent disturbances.”
On Friday, 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli cops have been wounded as tons of rioted in the Temple Mount and cops broke into the holy compound to quell the unrest.
On Saturday evening, as some 90,000 Muslim worshipers prayed at the location, the clashes with police continued round Jerusalem’s Old City, main to some 90 Palestinian accidents.
The Temple Mount has lengthy been one of many important flashpoints of Israeli-Palestinian friction. The holiest place in Judaism — as the location of the 2 biblical temples — additionally it is dwelling to the Muslim holy websites of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.
Netanyahu emphasised that Israel “will uphold law and order – vigorously and responsibly, and warned the Hamas terror group that “Israel will respond powerfully to any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip.”
Those feedback referred to a rocket fired from Gaza at southern Israel Saturday evening, which landed in an open subject. The Israel Defense Forces responded with a strike on a Hamas submit in the southern Strip.
Also on Saturday evening, tons of of Palestinians rioted alongside the Gaza border fence with Israel, burning tires and throwing explosives at Israeli troops earlier than being dispersed by tear gasoline.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz additionally addressed the continued tensions at the particular cupboard assembly, echoing Netanyahu’s assertion that Israel is dedicated to sustaining freedom of worship.
Gantz, who can be justice minister, mentioned that ministry is working with protection officers to deal with incitement to violence on social media.
“Unfortunately, I can say some of the social media companies, particularly Facebook, are not sufficiently cooperating on everything related to taking down inciting text on the networks. I hope we get broader cooperation to calm the tensions,” Gantz mentioned, in accordance to a press release from his workplace.