The Israeli outgoing government has allowed a controversial march by far-right Jewish nationalist groups to take place next week after police initially blocked it.
“The parade will take place this coming Tuesday (June 15) in a format to be agreed between the police and the parade’s organizers,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after a cabinet meeting on June 8, a day after police denied to grant a permit to the organizers.
Police argued that the format and timing of the “March of the Flags” originally due to take place on June 10 were not suitable amid fears it would lead to another intense fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants.
Khalil al-Hayya of the Palestinian militant group Hamas had warned Israel last June 7 “against letting the march approach East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound,” saying that it could spark fresh hostilities between Israel and Palestine.
A similar march last May 10 played a key role in prompting the 11 days of worst violence seen in years between Israel and Hamas.
Over 200 Palestinians, including 66 children, and 12 people in Israel, including two children, died from the 11-day fighting.
The decision comes as Netanyahu faces the end of his run as the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, if the parliament approves a new government coalition on June 13. The final decision on whether the flag march should go ahead would then fall to the incoming government, led by far-right Naftali Bennet and centrist Yair Lapid.
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