(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said a “series” of attacks on the Temple Mount “under the nose of the Israeli occupation authorities” seek “to rob Muslims and Christians of their holy shrines, destroy Al-Aqsa mosque and build the alleged Jewish Temple,” Israel Hayom reported.
In a statement issued to mark the 43rd anniversary of an arson attack on Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Abbas said that the third holiest shrine in Islam is still under threat. His statement will be seen by some in Israel as denying any Jewish claim to the Temple Mount—the holiest site in Judaism.
Palestinian Media Watch said that according its archives, Palestinian Authority officials, institutions and media outlets have publicly used the term “alleged Temple” a total of 97 times under Abbas’s leadership during the years 2011 and 2012 alone.
In February, Abbas said that for the past few years Israel had been waging a “final battle” aimed at erasing the Arab, Muslim and Christian character of east Jerusalem. He charged that Israel intended to destroy Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, which sits atop the remains of the two biblical Jewish Temples. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the remarks as “harshly inflammatory” and “baseless.”
Abbas reiterated that there will be “no peace, no security and no stability unless the occupation, settlers and settlements are gone from Jerusalem.” He also stressed that the city will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state, according to the Palestine News Network news agency.