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  1/22/2013, Shevat 11, 5773

Hamas Calls Kotel Visit "Soiling Muslim Sites"


An official from Hamas called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, "a provocation", according to a report in Yedioth Achronoth.

"Netanyahu is trying to gain Israeli votes by provoking the Muslims and soiling their holy sites," the Hamas senior official was quoted as stating.

The Western Wall, known in Hebrew as the Kotel, is one of the remaining walls from the Holy Temple complex which was Judaism's central house of worship and, according to the Prophet Isaiah, "a house of prayer for all nations." Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the site with his family on election day.