Hamas: ‘Declaration Of War’ If Obama Visits Temple Mount.(CBS).
Hamas is warning that if President Obama visits the Temple Mount it would be a “declaration of war” against the Islamic world.Israel National News reports the terror group made the threat during a protest march at the religious site following riots on Friday.
Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman, called for a third intifada if Obama visits the contested religious site in Jerusalem’s Old City between Israelis and Muslims.
Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich believes the warning will lead to violence flaring up in the region ahead of the president’s visit.“The Palestinians have not said the final word yet and we expect that there will be attempts to take advantage of the upcomingevents, like the visit by Barack Obama, in order to continue the violence,” Aharonovich told Israel National News.
White House officials have said Obama doesn’t plan on visiting the Temple Mount during his trip. The office of Adnan Ghaleb al-Husayni, the governor of the Waqf, or Islamic custodians of the mount, also said that no presidential visit to the sensitive site was requested.
An official in Husayni’s office previously said the idea of an Obama ascent to the Temple Mount is “insane.”Read the full story here.