The State of Israel “is very determined to maintain the status quo in Jerusalem and allows everyone to pray safely and without restriction in the Holy City,” reads a press release of the Embassy of Israel in Bucharest sent on Friday to Agerpres.
The message comes as several clashes broke out on Thursday between the Israeli and Palestinian police on the Esplanade of the Mosques in East Jerusalem, in the context of Muslim believers entering this holy place for the first time in the past two weeks.
“The metal detectors that were placed at the Esplanade of the Mosques after the killing of two Israeli police officers two weeks ago were withdrawn, thus responding to the demand of the Palestinian public,” Tamar Samash, Ambassador of Israel in Bucharest, states, as quoted in the release.
She added that surveillance cameras were also withdrawn.
“The area has now returned to its original stage, and the Muslims have returned to the Esplanade of the Mosques to pray. Unfortunately, among them there are individuals who incite the crowd, thus engendering new acts of violence,” the diplomat points out.
Tamar Samash adds that “The State of Israel will do everything to scale down violence and provide everyone with a safe environment.”