The Israeli regime’s far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, has entered the compound that houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, in a move that threatens a backlash from Palestinians who have labeled the act an “unprecedented provocation.”

Iran PressMiddle East: Ben-Gvir was seen at the site on Tuesday under heavy security.

Ben-Gvir has threatened that his government will not surrender to what he called "the threats of Hamas,” according to a statement published by his spokesman, after the Palestinian group that governs the besieged Gaza Strip warned that such a move would cross a “red line.”

Ben-Gvir has long called for greater Jewish access to the holy site, which is viewed by Palestinians as provocative and as a potential precursor to the Israeli regime taking complete control over the compound. Leading rabbis forbid Jews from praying on the site.

In a further escalation, Ben-Gvir wrote on Twitter after his visit that the site “is open to all and if Hamas thinks that if it threatens me it will deter me, they should understand that times have changed.”


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