Security cabinet expected to meet following clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Gaza rockets


The security cabinet is expected to meet soon as Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise following clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

According to Israeli television reports on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to hold the high-level ministerial forum in the coming days, after abstaining from doing so.

The cabinet has not met for almost two months.

Netanyahu’s reported decision came after National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir called for a cabinet meeting, following overnight rocket attacks from Gaza and violence at a Jerusalem mosque.

“The government of which I am a member should respond strongly to the rocket fire from Gaza. Hamas rockets require a response beyond the bombing of dunes and uninhabited sites,” said Ben Gvir. “It’s time for members to roll in Gaza.”

Fresh clashes broke out on Wednesday night at the Al-Asqa Mosque and terrorists based in Gaza fired more rockets at Israel, following the previous night’s violence.

Police clash with Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, April 5, 2023. (Screenshot/Twitter; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Riots also broke out on the Gaza border and in some Israeli Arab communities, while tensions at the holy site of Jerusalem appeared to be escalating.

Security officials feared an escalation due to the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which often sees a spike in Israeli-Palestinian tensions, and this year coincides with Passover and Easter. Easter began on Wednesday evening. The first two weeks of Ramadan passed relatively smoothly.

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