The tensions over Al Aqsa had accrued over a number of months, as some nationalist Israelis increasingly challenged a decades-old ban on Jewish prayer at the site, revered by Jews as the place where ancient temples once stood. Defiant visits by Israeli activists and politicians pushing for Jewish prayer rights, fierce clashes between Palestinian protesters and the police, and Israeli limitations on the entry of Muslim worshipers to the site all contributed to the recall of the Jordanian ambassador.
That was in a story on the return of Jordan's ambassador to Israel.
In there was this but, too:
Jordan is the official custodian of the sacred compound, the location of Al Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock. Israel is in charge of security.
This assertion of
by activists who
challenged a decades-old ban on Jewish prayer at the site
is a bit of what I would call "not exactly".
Almost all the Jewish ascenders to the Temple Mount, while they express the hope for the right of freedom of worship which is guaranteed by law, do not engage in prayer, except for less than a dozen instances of such activity over the last two years. And yes, there were 2-3 instances of waving the Israel flag.
But the NYTimes is spinning the story ever so slightly yet enough to alter who is wrong and who is in the right.
The NYTimes fits its stories to its editorial line.