Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has warned that Israel could go for another round of “nasty” actions in order to change the status quo of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Maliki made the comments while addressing an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on al-Aqsa in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Tuesday.
Tensions erupted in East Jerusalem al-Quds following a deadly shootout on July 14 near the al-Aqsa Mosque. After the incident, Israel set up metal detectors and security cameras at entrances to the al-Aqsa compound.
Following widespread protests by Palestinians, on July 24, Israel backed down and removed all restrictions at the al-Aqsa compound.
Maliki said Israel’s withdrawal was a “small victory in the long battle for freedom.”
“We know that Netanyahu is not going to accept defeat and he will try again and again with different methods and different means to impose his own status-quo over the Haram al-Sharif and al-Quds. We have to be prepared for the next round which could come very soon and could be very nasty,” he noted.
During the meeting, OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen urged OIC member states to provide the necessary international protection to the Palestinians and assume their responsibility to end Israeli aggressions and infractions in Jerusalem al-Quds.
“The continuation of open Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Al-Quds places singular and collective responsibility on the shoulder of OIC Member States so that they can take measures to confront these challenges,” he remarked.