Israel’s government reportedly decided on Tuesday that the Temple Mount will be closed to Jewish people until the end of Ramadan.
The closure will come into effect starting either Thursday or Friday, according to reports, and will last until the end of the month of Ramadan, nearly two weeks later.
Right-wing MK Itamar Ben-Gvir reacted to the reports on Twitter, stating, “If the news of the Temple Mount closure is true, (Prime Minister Naftali) Bennett raised a white flag tonight. He surrendered to terrorism, surrendered to Hamas, surrendered to the enemies.”
This is despite the fact that the site was closed during Ramadan under former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The reported closure comes amid unrest and clashes at the holy site, and seems to be to calm tensions in the area.
More than 150 people were wounded on Friday in clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Israeli security forces detained over 400 Palestinian rioters, before the unrest eventually subsided.
The reports also follow a series of calls between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders regarding the recent clashes.