Herzog addresses PA’s Abbas for first time since clashes broke out on Temple Mount


President Isaac Herzog on Sunday called the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to wish them a happy Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan, his office said in a statement. communicated.

Herzog spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

In their conversations, Herzog expressed his hopes for peace and stability in the region, according to the statement. The President will meet with other leaders in the coming days.

The phone calls marked the first time Herzog has spoken with these leaders since the recent violence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that drew condemnation of Israel, among others, from the UAE, Bahrain and leaders Palestinians.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, usually a time of friction, has seen regular clashes at the Temple Mount flash point.

The Old City walls are the holiest place for Jews, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits atop the Temple Mount, is the third holiest shrine for Muslims.

This year, Ramadan coincided with Passover week, which brought thousands of Jews to the Old City, including to the Western Wall, located under the Temple Mount.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured and arrested in clashes with police.

Tensions over the violence have reportedly prompted the United Arab Emirates to withdraw its participation in the upcoming Independence Day flyby later this week.

US has expressed ‘deep concern’ over violence in Jerusalem, and Israel’s Middle Eastern neighbors including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have all issued statements fierce condemnation.

Tensions are still high between Israel and the Palestinians. On Friday, Palestinian terrorists killed an Israeli security guard in the West Bank. The IDF arrested suspects and mapped their homes for destruction in response.

The terrorist group Hamas, a rival of the Palestinian Authority, issued threats against Israel and synagogues around the world on Saturday.

Friday saw fighting between Israeli police and Palestinians in Al-Aqsa, who were there for the last Friday of the month of Ramadan. Police said they entered the Temple Mount after rioters threw rocks, including at the Western Wall compound, and set off fireworks.

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