JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News)-- Israel plans to blowup the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to prepare the way for a new Temple to be built on its ruins, Mahmoud al-Habash, the former Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Religious Affairs, claimed on Thursday.
The plot to destroy the Dome of the Rock, Habash claimed, is being planned by 'extremist Jewish organizations' and may be carried out by a drone carrying large amounts of explosives or a small plane flown by a Jewish suicide bomber.
He called on Muslims from all over the world to come to Jerusalem and to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from destruction.
This past February, Habash said 'every inch' of land captured by Israel in 1967 must be part of sovereign Palestine including the 'Buraq' wall. (Western Wall)
Over the past few months, PA officials have been claiming Israel's goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with a new Temple.
In March of 2014, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, the highest PA religious authority, said that Israel was making an "attempt... at laying hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque... [and] in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins."
A few weeks later on March 30, Khaled Mismar, Chairman of the Palestinian National Council, said on PA TV, "Now they want to divide up the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount Plaza). Furthermore, they want to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and erect what they call 'the Temple' over Al-Aqsa."