Germany calls Ben-Gvir Al Aqsa storming a 'provocation'

Germany calls Ben-Gvir Al Aqsa storming a 'provocation'
Germany has labelled Israeli far-right national security minister's storming of Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem a provocation.
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The extreme-right Israeli minister stormed the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday [Getty]

Germany rejects unilateral steps that endanger the status quo on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, said a foreign ministry spokesperson on Wednesday, calling a visit there by Israel's new far-right national security minister a provocation.

"We expect the new Israeli government to commit to a continuation of the tried and tested practice around the holy sites in Jerusalem and to put a stop to further deliberate provocations," said the spokesperson at a regular government news conference.

The extreme-right Israeli minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, stormed Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday, enraging Palestinians, while the United States warned of steps which may harm the status quo.

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates were also among nations to condemn the storming.

The Palestinian foreign ministry called Ben-Gvir's attendance at the site a "serious threat", while Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh cast it as a bid to turn Al-Aqsa Mosque "into a Jewish temple".

Ben-Gvir's incursion at Al-Aqsa comes days after he took office as national security minister, with powers over the police, giving his decision to enter the highly sensitive site considerable weight.