08 March 2018
Israeli Likud Minister of Culture, Miri Regev has signed a petition to raise the Israeli flag over Masjid al-Aqsa.
The petition, which was put out by World Likud, a global extension of the ruling Likud political party in Israel, and the French Zionist organization, Israël is Forever reads as follows:
“We will raise the flag on the Temple Mount! 50 years after the unification of Jerusalem, this is the reality we live in:
- Jews do not have free access to the Temple Mount
- Only Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount
- There is not safety and security on the Temple Mount
- It is prohibited to raise the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount premises
The Temple Mount is not in our hands! We must change this absurdity! We therefore are calling to express our sovereignty on the Temple Mount and allow freedom of religious practice for all religions, which will bring safety and security to all those visiting the Temple Mount.”
In May, Regev attended the Cannes Film Festival wearing a dress that featured an image of Jerusalem.
If the petition is successful, it will be the first time in 50 years that the Israeli flag has been seen officially at al-Aqsa. Just a few hours after Zionist paratroopers occupied Masjid al-Aqsa during the Six Day War in 1967, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan ordered them to remove the Israeli flag that they had raised on the site, fearing repercussion from the Muslim World.