The President of Israel holds a conversation with Abbas before the rise in tensions in Jerusalem


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The president of Israel and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Isaac Herzog and Mahmoud Abbas, respectively, held their first telephone conversation on Sunday since the rise in tensions in the Esplanade of the Mosques, in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Herzog’s office has indicated that the conversation was part of a series of calls for the end of the month of Ramadan that included the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, and the King of Bahrain. Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa.

According to information collected by the Israeli newspaper ‘The Times of Israel’, the Israeli president has conveyed to his interlocutors his wishes for peace and stability in the region. The Israeli Presidency has stressed that in the coming days Herzog will speak with other regional leaders.

During the past week, the head of the Shin Bet — the Internal Intelligence and General Security services –, Ronen Bar, held a meeting in Ramallah with Abbas to address the recent tensions around the Esplanade of the Mosques.

The place, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been the scene of tensions and clashes in recent weeks, amid complaints from the Palestinian Authority about the irruption of Jews with police escort.

The Esplanade of the Mosques – the third holy place of Islam – rests on one of its sides on the Wailing Wall, the last vestige of the Temple of Solomon that the most radical Jews intend to use as part of a Third Temple.

The United Nations has shown its “deep concern” over the “increasing violence” in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This year the tension has multiplied because the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coincides with Jewish Easter and Christian Holy Week, in the midst of a reinforcement of security operations by Israel after the attacks in recent weeks in the country. .

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