Three Israeli Knesset members of the National Union fundamentalist party stated that they intend to tour the yards of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The three, Uri Ariel, Michael Ben-Ari, and Arieh Eldad, said that the motive of this tour is to protest the cancellation of â€śfestivities in the yards and around the gatesâ€ť of the Al Aqsa mosque.
They refused to ask the police to grant them permits for the tour. They said they will not coordinate their visit with the police as the Jerusalem police previously refused to grant them a permit to conduct a similar tour.
The fundamentalist members of Knesset said that East Jerusalem is part of the â€ścapital of Israelâ€ť and will always be part of the â€śJewish Stateâ€ť.
Their statement came only one day after Israelâ€™s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that settlement construction in East Jerusalem will continue and that Jerusalem â€śis the eternal capital of Israelâ€ť.
Netanyahu also said that Jerusalem is not a settlement, and that the â€śJewish people started building it more than 3000 years ago, and the Jewish people are building it todayâ€ť.
â€śEveryone knows that Jerusalem is our capital, everyone knows, everyone knows that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish peopleâ€ť.
The United States said that settlement construction in Jerusalem threatens the efforts to resume the peace process in the Middle East.
East Jerusalem is part of the Palestinian territories Israel illegally captured in 1967 and later annexed. The Palestinians seek it as the capital of their future state. The Israeli control over Jerusalem is illegal and violates the International Law.