“The Israeli Government has a tendency to underestimate the level of Palestinian anger, under the delusion that the deteriorating situation in the Arab world will enable it to implement its plans. However, it has misjudged the situation, failing to accurately predict the anger of Palestinians and Jerusalemites in particular in response to any desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The issue is not only a religious matter but also relates to identity since Jerusalem symbolizes the place where Palestinians can feel that they enjoy sovereignty. Thus, in this case, the element of political symbolism is more important than religious sentiment.”
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