“With regard to Al-Aqsa, we continue to urge Israel to facilitate access to the Temple Mount for peaceful worshipers during the month of Ramadan, consistent with past practices,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters, using the Jewish name for the site.

"This is not only the right thing to do, and it is not only about giving people the religious freedom they deserve and have a right to, but it is also a matter that is directly important to Israel's security," he added.

Miller continued, "It is not in Israel's security interest to inflame tensions in the West Bank or in the broader region."

Israel is evaluating ways to manage the flow of worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan, which begins on March 10 or 11.

The month of fasting comes as Israel continues its military campaign in the Gaza Strip in response to a major attack launched by Hamas inside Israel on October 7.

For its part, Hamas called for mass action in Al-Aqsa at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

Last week, Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said that Palestinians from the West Bank “should not be allowed” to enter Jerusalem to pray during Ramadan.

Ben Gvir stressed that "we cannot take any risks," noting that "we cannot have women and children hostage in Gaza and allow Hamas celebrations on the Temple Mount."

The United States is pressing to reach a truce agreement in Gaza before the beginning of Ramadan.

The Israeli military campaign in Gaza led to the deaths of at least 29,954 people, most of them women and children, according to the latest figures issued by the Ministry of Health in the Strip.

The campaign came in response to the attack launched by Hamas on October 7 on southern Israel, which led to the killing of about 1,160 people, most of them civilians, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse based on official Israeli figures.