Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Israeli Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan put Tuesday evening the foundation stone for a new Jewish synagogue.
The “Jewel of Israel” synagogue will be constructed in the heart of the occupied Jerusalem.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Nir Brakhat, the mayor of Jerusalem municipality, Rabbie Yisrael Ariel, the director of the “Temple Mount Institute” and Shmuel Rbenovic, Rabbi of the” Western Wall”, other Israeli politicians and religious figures attended the ceremony.
Ariel expressed his desire to impose absolute sovereignty over al-Aqsa mosque, saying: “today, we have put another block of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the heart of the nation.”
“We will continue building in all parts of Israel particularly in Jerusalem,” he added.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.