The Normalization of Relations between the UAE and Israel Enables Jews to Worship at Al Aqsa

Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (Source: Shutterstock / Kompas.com)

Jerusalem, Kompas.TV- Analysts highlight a statement that is in the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the Jerusalem Terrestrial NGO (TJ) Report, there is a fundamental change in the status quo of mosques Al Aqsa. It is feared that this fundamental change will have far-reaching consequences for peace in the region.

As quoted from Al Jazeera, Monday (14/9/2020) under the status quo established in 1967, only Muslims can worship in Al Haram Al Sharif, also known as the Aqsa Mosque complex. In this 35-hectare complex, non-Muslims can only visit, but not pray.

But in the agreement clause indicated between Israel and the Gulf Arab states, it looks like this deal is about to change.

“As stated in the vision of peace, all Muslims who come in peace can visit and pray at the mosque Al Aqsa. While the holy site Jerusalem others must remain open to peaceful worshipers of all religions, ”said a joint statement between the United States. Israel and UAE which was released on August 13 by President Donald Trump.

This statement is expected by observers to be a source of new problems. According to TJ’s explanation, Israel define Al Aqsa as the structure of a mosque. Whereas anything in the complex other than a mosque is not considered Al Aqsa.

“According to Israel (and apparently the United States), anything that is not a mosque structure is defined as’ one of the holy sites Jerusalem others’ and are open to worship by all religions, including Judaism, ”said the TJ report.

Khaled Zabarqa, a lawyer Palestine who specializes in the affairs of Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera that the statement “clearly says mosques are not under Muslim sovereignty”.

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