Mansour Abbas working to restore calm on Temple Mount

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Mansour Abbas working to restore calm on Temple Mount
Asked what would happen between Ra'am and the rest of the governing coalition should the clashes continue, Abbas reassured the public that Ra’am has no interest in bringing down the government.
By SHIRA SILKOFF
Published: APRIL 16, 2022

Ra’am MK Mansour Abbas has been working with Arab and Jewish leaders in an attempt to calm tensions at the Temple Mount after violent clashes broke out on Friday, he said in an interview with N12 on Saturday evening. “Everyone who I needed to speak with, I spoke with,” he stated when asked about his role in attempting to prevent chaos from breaking out at the Aqsa Mosque compound, adding that he has been in contact with both the Prime Minister’s Office and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as well as officials in the Arab sector.

“The pictures from the Aqsa compound were extremely, extremely difficult,” Abbas said. “It doesn’t matter now how it started or how it ended. We are working and calling for calm and to give the place the respect it deserves, and to allow people to pray in peace.” He noted that the overlapping holidays of Ramadan and Passover have caused increased tensions.

Asked what would happen between the Ra’am Party and the rest of the governing coalition should the clashes continue, Abbas reassured the public that Ra’am has no interest in bringing down the government, despite MK Mazen Ghanaim’s warning to Bennett in a letter on Friday that he would pull out of the coalition if police activity on the Temple Mount does not cease.

“We have a historic opportunity [as part of the coalition] and we want to use it for good, of course for the Arab sector, but also for the good of Israel’s population in general, and we are doing that,” Abbas stated.

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