King directs gov’t to increase guards at Al Aqsa
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday directed the government to immediately begin with administrative procedures to appoint 50 new guards at Al Aqsa Mosque to bolster security there in light of the continuing Israeli assaults on Islam’s third holiest site. The Monarch, the custodian of Jerusalem’s holy sites, had received letters from Sheikh Mohammad Azzam Khatib, the director of Jerusalem’s awqaf department, and Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab, who heads the Jerusalem awqaf council, outlining the Israeli attacks on Al Aqsa and calling on His Majesty to increase the number of guards.
1. at least they are ultimately responsible to the King.
2. so, who is sovereign there? Jordan? Waqf? Palestinian Authority? Israel?
3. why add at all? the number of Jews permitted to ascend is not that large and in small groups in any case. perhaps more Jews will be allowed and therefore the number needs be increased?
4. but the new custom of paid-for-by-Islamic Movement' Muslims 'sitting-around-and-learning' exactly in the path of the touring Jews must be eliminated. and the procedures for entering Muslim needs be complete reorganized. will those extra guards help?