MANAMA, Bahrain—Riots on the Temple Mount – which flared up again today – have been instigated by “the enemies of peace” in order to derail the peace process between Israel and her new allies in the Gulf, Israeli Ambassador Eitan Na’eh told a group of Evangelical business leaders and media during a visit to Bahrain.

“The stones that are being thrown in Jerusalem are stones that are thrown at the peace process,” Na’eh said on Friday morning.

In a briefing with the delegation led by ALL ARAB NEWS Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg, the ambassador said that the Iranian regime and its proxies have intentionally incited Palestinians to violence this past week in order to sabotage the Abraham Accords – the normalization treaties between Israel with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

Videos from the scene released by Israeli police this week showed young men walking around the mosque in shoes, playing soccer and breaking windows in order to fire Molotov cocktails at police.

The recurring violence of al-Aqsa is almost a century old, Na’eh explained. The Mufti of Jerusalem in 1936, Haj Amin al Husseini, stirred up accusations of the mosque being violated by Jews – and the canard has been repeated ever since to stir up violence again.

But this year, the Abraham Accords was put to the test again as the United Arab Emirates and Jordan were among the first countries to lay the blame unilaterally on Israel for the current violence. So far, however, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and even Kuwait have refrained from condemning Israel and instead called for freedom of worship. 

Violence escalated again this morning as hundreds of rioters emerged from Ramadan prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque at sunrise with Hamas flags and fireworks, throwing stones while other Muslims were still praying. Police said that some Muslims tried to thwart the rioting. 

Palestinian protesters hurl stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes on the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, April 22, 2022. (Photo: Flash90)

 

But when the rioters reached the part of the plaza near the Western Wall, police responded.

“While many police officers are operating in order to enable the freedom of worship while maintaining security, law and order in the holy places and throughout Jerusalem, there are those who choose to riot and disturb public order,” police said. “We will continue to act against lawless rioters in order to maintain public well-being and safety.”

The month of Ramadan – when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset – coincides this year with Passover and both the Western and Eastern dates for Easter. Today is Good Friday for Orthodox Christians. 

Na’eh said that Iran uses their proxy Hamas – the Gaza-based terror group – and the Qatar-based broadcaster, Al Jazeera, as a tool to disseminate “fake information and that is part of this campaign to derail the Abraham Accords from its track.” 

“Shiite Iran – the mullahs – together with the Muslim brothers, the likes of whom is rioting on the Temple Mount,” Na’eh said. ‘If you zoom out, you see an effort to derail the Abraham Accords, how strategic they think, who are the real friends, the real enemies.”

Na’eh is Israel’s ambassador to Bahrain, something he said he would not have dreamed would have been a possibility two years ago. Prior to that Na’eh was the charge d’Affaires to the UAE and also has served as Israel’s ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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