Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned Israel to avoid any risks that will result in “new Palestinian intifada,” or uprising following the chaos at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
Tension between Palestine and Israel have taken a new dimension in recent weeks as Muslim countries and Palestinians have blamed Israeli forces of bullying and causing chaos at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites.
Last week, fully armed Israeli police forces clashed with worshippers and protesters as dozens of Israeli police forces have broken into the Al Aqsa Mosque hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. According to the Palestinian media, the Israeli police locked the compound which houses Al Aqsa Mosque with steel chains.
"We spoke about what's happening at Al Aqsa," Abbas said in a news conference following his meeting with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris. "It's extremely dangerous. We don't want it to continue and [if it does] the alternative would be chaos or an intifada [uprising] that we don't want."
President Abbas called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put an end to the Israeli violence in Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, stop the continued settlement process in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and urged him to meet at the negotiating table.
"We consider the only way to reach peace is through negotiations," he said.
Hollande also reiterated Abbas’s concerns and urged for a peace, calm and the respect of principles. "I expressed to the President of the Authority that the 1967 status quo, which meant access for Palestinians to Al Aqsa, coıld not be put into question," he said.
'A change for status quo'
Netanyahu accused last week Palestinians preventing Israelis presence in the Israeli occupied holy site saying that he won’t allow them.
On Wednesday, one day before the Muslim holiday Eid-ul-Adha and the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur Israeli government deployed large numbers of Israeli forces across neigbourhoods of East Jerusalem.
Palestinian Prisoner’s Society told more than 150 Palestinians were detained including many children in last 10 days of chaos in East Jerusalem.
The two previous intifadas by the Palestinians against Israel erupted in the late 1980s and in 2000-2005. Interim peace deals were signed two decades ago, and recent negotiations on a Palestinian state, looking for sovereignty in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as their capital is still on the way.