OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, - 45 Jewish rabbis stormed the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Monday under strict security protection on the eve of the anniversary of the occupation of eastern Jerusalem in June 1967.
Hebrew newspaper Yediot Ahronot said that the rabbis' step aimed at sending a message that despite indirect talks and the peace process they would not let go of Jerusalem as "the unified and eternal capital of Israel".
It noted that the "visit", which has turned into an annual habit for the past three years, was the biggest as far as the number of participants is concerned.
Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said that the storming of the holy site by fanatic rabbis was part of the Israeli judaization attempts of occupied Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.
He said in a statement on Monday that the increasing Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people and holy shrines was the natural result of the Arab and Fatah positions that went to negotiations despite persistence of Israeli crimes.
The Israeli occupation's crimes are the natural fruit of the resumption of talks with Fatah faction, and prove the credibility of Hamas's stand that the negotiations would only serve as a cover for Israel to go ahead in its crimes against the Palestinian people and holy places.