CAIRO – 3 January 2023: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement Tuesday denouncing the act of "an Israeli official" of "breaking into Al Aqsa Mosque accompanied by extremists under the protection of the Israeli forces."
The ministry stressed Egypt's rejection of unilateral measures that contravene the existing legal and historic status of Jerusalem. The statement warned of the repercussions of the measures of the sort on security and stability in "the occupied lands," the region, and the future of the peace process.
Egypt also called on all parties to exercise self-restraint and self-responsibility, abstaining from any measures that would foment the circumstances.
The incident occurred in the morning of January 3 when Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir, entering through Al Maghareba Gate to Al Boraq yard, as reported by the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).
In a phone call with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stipulated that Egypt continues to work on the Palestinian Cause, mainly the pacification between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, and desired resumption of negotiations.
The Egyptian president further asserted the importance of achieving just and comprehensive peace, as that would contribute to accomplishing security and prosperity for all peoples in the region.
President Sisi equally noted the salience of avoiding any measures that would increase tensions, and complicate the regional scene.