The Jerusalem District Council on Monday approved a plan to demolish and rebuild the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in order to build a new structure there.
The plan, which was first announced in January, was approved by a committee headed by MKs Moti Yogev and Nisay Ben-Ami.
The project will begin construction on March 1, and will be the second in the country after the Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock mosque was demolished in 2015, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The committee also approved a new construction plan to allow construction of a new mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, according the paper.
Construction of the mosque will take place next year.
A new building will replace the Dome of al-Aksa, which has been the site of a contentious battle between the Israeli military and Palestinian militant groups.
The Dome of Al-Anon was destroyed in September 2020 after a five-week Israeli offensive in which Palestinian gunmen killed 18 Israelis.
Palestinians say they have been forced to build structures in the Haram al-Sharif compound since Israeli forces opened fire on the compound in 2016, killing four Israeli civilians.
The Islamic Association of North Africa, a Muslim body, has been calling for Israel to demolise the Temple mount compound in a statement that said it was “time for Israel and the Jewish people to acknowledge the history of the Temple as a holy site.”
The Jerusalem District council also voted in March to demolishing the Al Aqsa mosque and building a new compound at Al-Buraq, according Reuters.
A year ago, the council also approved plans to demolishes the mosque, the Old Temple, the Al Haramain Mosque and the Temple David.
The council also recommended demolishing several other mosques and other structures in Jerusalem, including the Haram el-Sharifi and the Dome, which is in a protected area.