Is­raeli gov­ern­ment meet­ing near Jerusalem site angers Pales­tini­ans

Cape Breton Post - - World -

JERUSALEM — A se­nior Pales­tinian of­fi­cial sharply con­demned Is­rael for hold­ing a gov­ern­ment meet­ing near a sen­si­tive Jerusalem site. Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s Cabi­net met Sun­day in tun­nels that run near one of the holi­est sites in Jerusalem for a spe­cial ses­sion mark­ing the an­niver­sary of Is­rael’s cap­ture of the city’s east­ern sec­tor, in the 1967 war. Saeb Erekat called the meet­ing a “provo­ca­tion’’ that sent a “clear mes­sage to the Pales­tinian peo­ple.’’

The fate of the site, sa­cred to Jews as the Tem­ple Mount and to Mus­lims as the Noble Sanc­tu­ary, is at the heart of the con­flict be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans.

A tun­nel open­ing in 1996 sparked Pales­tinian protests that led to deadly clashes.

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