Thursday, August 07, 2014

Netanyau: We Will Not Change Jordan's Temple Mount Involvement

At his press conference, PM Netanyahu was asked,

...a second question if I may, we've seen since the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdair, since the West Bank operations, since the Gaza operation, they are rioting, attacks [inaudible] violence in Jerusalem, riots in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and I just wondered if there is concern at the spread of the violence [inaudible]."

And PM Netanyahu's response: 

[Regarding the Jerusalem question] Well, obviously we're concerned. We hope that everyone, everyone will work now to calm the situation. That has been our goal from the very beginning in Jerusalem, everywhere, in the Palestinian areas. We don't need to see loss of life there anymore than we want to see it on the Gaza front. I want to make sure that – you mentioned the Temple Mount – so I want to make sure that everyone understands that Israel respects and will continue to respect the status quo on the Temple Mount. We know that there are arrangements there, including the traditional role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and we are not about to change it."

Mr. Netanyahu, the role need not be changed, although, truth tell, why does the Waqf there have to be Palestinian under Jordanian supervision?  Why not the Waqf of the State of Israel?

Moreover, one need not alter the status quo to apply more police supervision and prevention.  In fact, the status quo is continuously being eroded by new customs like those Wicked Witches of the Waqf and Islamist Kollel Men and the provocations and violence.

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