US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrives ahead of the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (AFP / Menahem KAHANA)
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The newly-opened US embassy in Jerusalem has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a photo of east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa mosque erased.In a picture published Tuesday night by ultra-Orthodox Jewish news site Kikar Hashabbat, the Islamic shrine on a flashpoint site holy to both Muslims and Jews is replaced by a simulation of a Jewish temple.The picture could further inflame anger amongst Palestinians, already furious over last week's transfer of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after Washington recognized the disputed city as capital of Israel.Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat was quoted in Palestinian daily Al-Quds as saying that the United States is turning the Israeli-Palestinian dispute "into a religious conflict".
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