Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Muslims around the world an "easy" month of Ramadan, as he continues efforts for peace talks with the Palestinians.
Islam's holiest month of Ramadan began Aug. 11 and will end Sept. 9. During that time, Muslims pray and fast from sunrise to sunset.
"We mark this important month amid attempts to achieve direct peace talks with the Palestinians and to advance peace treaties with our Arab neighbors," Netanyahu said in a video message to the Muslim world.
CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell offered insight into Netanyahu's Ramadan address and just how volatile the region is. Click play for his comments following an updated Christian World News report.
"I know you are partners in this goal and I ask for your support both in prayers and in any other joint effort to really create a peaceful and harmonious coexistence," he added.
Meanwhile, Israeli police have increased security around the Old City of Jerusalem. Thousands of Muslims will enter the city Friday to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque.