The United States on Tuesday expressed concern over a visit by a far-right minister from Israel’s new government to the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, holy to Jews and Muslims, and warned against any change in the status quo.
“The United States strongly defends[…]preservation of the status quo regarding the holy sites in Jerusalem,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“Any unilateral action that undermines the status quo is unacceptable.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price said separately that the United States was “deeply concerned” by the visit of Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has a history of inflammatory statements and was given a a key security post in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last government.
“This visit has the potential to escalate tensions and provoke violence,” Price said of the visit which has been widely condemned across the Islamic world.
Price said the United States had “direct conversations today with representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office regarding this visit.”
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