Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Israeli Cabinet meets in Western Wall tunnels, approves Old City elevator

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Israeli occupation police opened Mughrabi Gate at 7:30am, deploying its elements and special units in the mosque courtyards, in order to provide full protection for the extremists.

Saeb Erekat called the meeting a "provocation" that sent a "clear message to the Palestinian people".

Thousands of citizens performed Eshaa and Taraweeh prayers on the first day of Ramadan in the courtyards of the mosque amidst Israeli measures.

Erekat's comments come just hours after Israeli lawmakers, at a cabinet meeting held under the Western Wall on Sunday, approved the construction of elevators that will allow tourists direct access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

In 2003, the Israeli government unilaterally decided - despite the objections of the Islamic Endowments Department - to allow non-Muslim visitors into the complex.

Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount.

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Government ministers seen at a cabinet meeting held at the Old City of Jerusalem's Western Wall tunnels in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem Day on May 28, 2017.

Israel's government yesterday approved plans to install a cable auto to Tel Aviv's Old City, a project likely to anger Palestinians and much of the global community.

It later annexed East Jerusalem and declared it as part of its "eternal and indivisible capital", a move that has never been recognized by the global community. Home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and gold-topped Dome of the Rock, it is Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister also announced the establishment of a "special new cable vehicle tourism project" starting from the First Station outdoor mall to the Old City's Dung Gate.

The status of Tel Aviv is among the most sensitive issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said the cable auto "will change the face of Jerusalem, allow easy and convenient access for tourists and visitors to the Western Wall and will serve as an exceptional tourist attraction".

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