The Israeli military closed the Al Aqsa sanctuary in Jerusalem and placed metal detectors and checkpoints at the gates. Doing so contravenes international law, restricts religious freedoms and violates the internationally agreed upon status quo of the Al Aqsa compound.
The new tactics imposed by Israel authorities will only inflame tensions in Palestine and the Middle East and eventually could lead to massive unrest in the Muslim world that would destabilize the region and threaten U.S. national interests there.
The U.S. must ensure Israel abides by the status quo that existed before October 2015, because allowing changes to this long-standing agreement will surely destabilize the region and threaten U.S. national interests.
And finally, the U.S. must pressure Israel to end the modern world’s longest-lasting military occupation and allow Palestinians their liberty, self-determination and right to return to their homeland.