Former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, said yesterday that the Israeli occupation allowed Jewish settlers to raid Al-Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to prove Israel was not defeated in Gaza.
Speaking to the media, Sabri said: "Settlers' raids are being carried out under heavy Israeli military and police protection."
He stressed that these raids were permitted by the occupation authorities in order to prove they had not been defeated by the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.
The sheikh blamed the Israeli occupation for the possible tension and escalation that may result from these raids.
"The continuous Israeli raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque reiterate that the Israeli occupation maintains plans to impose its control over this holy site," which is the third holiest place for Muslims, Sabri said.