Israel Accuses PA of Trying to Spark Violent ‘Religious War’ on Temple Mount

Jerusalem Authorities re-opened the Temple Mount Wednesday following a violent clash on the holy site the day before.

Israel Accuses PA of Trying to Spark Violent 'Religious War' on Temple Mount
Israel Accuses PA of Trying to Spark Violent ‘Religious War’ on Temple Mount Israeli forces temporarily closed the compound after police say a firebomb was hurled at a security post Tuesday. The post went up in flames and an officer was injured by smoke inhalation.

Dozens of police flooded the Temple Mount after the attack and clashed with Muslim worshippers. Several people were arrested and taken in for interrogation.

However, The Islamic Waqf, the body that controls the Temple Mount, claims the firebomb attack “was fabricated and deliberately escalated and planned by the police.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also blamed Israel for the escalation and called on the international community to “halt Israeli assaults on al-Aqsa Mosque”

The Palestinian Authority warned there will be violence if Israel “tampers” with the holy site.

“Al-Aqsa Mosque is a redline,” said spokesman Osama Qawassmeh. “Tampering with holy sites, especially al-Aqsa Mosque, is a direct call for violence. Fatah won’t allow Israel to carry out its schemes, regardless of the price.”

Israel’s Public Safety Minister Gilad Erdan accused the Palestinian Authority of trying to spark a religious war.

“We will not allow this to happen,” Erdan said. “We will continue to act to restore calm on the [Temple Mount]. Police will respond with strength and determination to any act of violence or attempt to harm Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.”

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