Palestinian Factions Urge Escalation of Attacks on Israel Following Friday Prayer Riot on Temple Mount

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Assessment: Is it a coincidence that just days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanded a two state solution with an Palestinian capital in Jerusalem, that the Arabs are emboldened? No, I don’t think it is either …

Palestinian Islamist and nationalist factions alike on Friday promised a further escalation of clashes with Israeli security forces, following a morning of rioting on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that resulted in 150 people wounded and more than 400 arrests.

They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83:4

Video posted by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to its Twitter account showed masked youths gathering in the early hours of Friday in the vicinity of the Temple Mount, the site of the Al Aqsa mosque. The youths collected stones and large rocks that were later hurled at Israeli police during six hours of clashes at the holy site. By the afternoon, however, order had been restored, with up to 50,000 Palestinian worshipers peacefully attending afternoon prayers during the second Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Hamas — the leading Palestinian Islamist faction — issued a statement following the violence that lauded the rioters’ “heroic confrontation with the Zionist occupation forces.”

“Our nation will stand up to come to the aid of the al-Aqsa Mosque and its worshipers, and just as they won all their fights against this regime, they will also defeat the occupiers in this battle,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum declared, pledging that “the whole Palestinian nation and the heroic resistance groups, as well as their vigilant forces and children of the freedom-seeking nation” would come to the aid of Palestinians in Jerusalem.

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