Mosque Agreement

According to the document, the assertion that states destroyed the Holy Land before the destruction of the Holy Land by Israel does not accurately reflect the historical fact. Indeed, before the British mandate that laid the foundations for the establishment of the State of Israel in the region, the prosperity that the Ottoman government has built over the past four centuries proves this totally erroneous claim. The city experienced a long period of political stability and economic prosperity, as well as an academic and architectural renaissance not only during Ottoman rule, but also during the reign of earlier Islamic civilizations. (Abu Shammalah, 2019) The time of the Crusaders, the greatest massacre of the Holy Land, was repeated in the Holy Land, with its physical, political, economic and religious dimensions, eight centuries later, through the Zionist project. (Abu Shammalah, 2019) In this context, the first thing Israel did in 1967 was to conquer all of Jerusalem as part of the “Judaization of the Holy Land” project, which began by declaring its presence in the region, demolishing the historic district of Magharibah (Moroccan quarter) next to the west side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its talents, mosques, schools and zawiyas. (Abu Shammalah, 2019) It would therefore be an assessment to assert that Israel has established security in the region and maintained religious and political stability, an assessment that runs counter to many historical cases. Moreover, the assertion that the future administrative authority of Masjid Al-Aqsa will remain entirely under Israel`s control indicates that this project of destruction and Judaization will continue. The fact that this document definitively strengthens and supports Israel`s authority over Masjid Al-Aqsa also raises serious doubts about the future existence of Masjid Al-Aqsa. For the main objective for Israel is to destroy Masjid Al-Aqsa, the symbol of Bayt al-Maqdis, and to erect in its place the temple of Solomon. Under the agreement, the fact that Masjid Al-Aqsa is transformed in the future into a tourist destination open to all religions, repels Masjid`s function for Muslims and thus forms the basis for Israel to rebuild Solomon`s temple.

The opening of the mosque “sends a clear message… Democracy, freedom of religion and respect,” the government`s secretary for religious issues, Giorgos Kalantzis, was quoted by the Kathimerini newspaper.