The vice-chairman of the Islamist Movement's northern branch, Sheikh Kamel Hatib, expressed concern over the recent tensions on the Temple Mount. "This is the beginning of a very difficult era," he said.
Sheikh Khatib said of Jerusalem District Police Commander Aharon Franco, "We are not saying no to him or to anyone else – 'thank you.' This is our mosque. The things he said express the position of all the senior officials of the State." (Sharon Roffe-Ofir)