After weeks of criticism against Israel for its handling of Palestinian violence on the Temple Mount, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said terror groups are behind the clashes and their aim is to create trouble in Israel and the region.
“In the past three weeks, there has been a dangerous effort underway in Jerusalem,” Lapid told foreign journalists at a special briefing on Sunday.
During Ramadan, Israel has tried to ensure the Muslim faithful could pray at al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims.
“During Ramadan, terrorist organizations have been trying to hijack the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to create an outbreak of violence in Jerusalem, and from there, a violent conflict across the country,” Lapid said.
While clashes have erupted between Israeli police and Muslims, Lapid maintains Israel is not to blame.
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