Monday, October 26, 2015

The Battles of the Cameras Has Started

Seems the Waqf with Jordanian authorization tried to set up by itself a surveillance camera and Israel removed it, here:

That probably explains this

Statement by the Prime Minister's Office: The Instalation of Cameras on the Temple Mount    (Monday, 26 Oct 2015) Final arrangements for the manner and location of the cameras on the Temple Mount, which was agreed upon between Israel, Jordan and the United States, were intended to be coordinated by the professional elements.  US Secretary of State John Kerry said this at a press conference on Saturday with the Foreign Minister of Jordan: "I expect Jordanian and Israeli technical teams will meet soon to discuss the implementation of this idea." (the installation of cameras). The cameras will be installed according to the arrangements to be determined between the parties. Israel has already expressed its consent to start the process as soon as possible.



New Dispute Over Jerusalem Religious Shrine
Installation of surveillance cameras in mosque blocked after Israel isn’t consulted, Israeli police say Israeli police blocked the installation of surveillance cameras inside a sensitive mosque in Jerusalem on Monday...Representatives of the Jordanian Waqf, or Islamic trust, that administers Al Aqsa Mosque in consultation with Israel were stopped from setting up the cameras because they hadn’t communicated their plans before entering the site, Israeli police said.

“It wasn’t coordinated with us,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. “You can’t just put up cameras.”

Azzam al-Khatib, the trust’s director, said installation of the surveillance cameras began after orders from Jordanian officials. “When we were stopped by the Israelis from installing the cameras, we immediately notified the Jordanian authorities,” he said.

and this now

On Monday, Israeli police blocked the installation of surveillance cameras inside a sensitive mosque in Jerusalem, fanning new tensions amid a month long escalation of violence.  Representatives of the Jordanian Waqf, or Islamic trust, that administers Al Aqsa Mosque in consultation with Israel were stopped from setting up the cameras because they hadn’t communicated their plans before entering the site, Israeli police said.

as well as this

Speaking to WAFA, Sheikh ‘Azzam al-Tamimi, Head of the Islamic Waqf of Jerusalem, said the Israeli police removed all Waqf-installed surveillance cameras in the vicinity of al-Maghariba (Moroccan) Gate leading to the Mosque’s yards.

Al-Tamimi claimed that by removing the surveillance cameras, Israel is attempting to “distort the truth”.

The Waqf Department vehemently condemned in a press release “Israeli police’s interference with the Waqf’s work” and said such interference indicates that Israel is interested in the installation of surveillance cameras, not for the purpose of providing evidence for truth and justice, but to serve their own interests.


Here, in Hebrew, you can see at the beginning the cameras wither going up or probably down and also hear Depty Foreign Minister Tzippy Hotobeli say, as a personal opinion, that she would like to see the Israel flag unfurled at the Temple Mount for after all, the Hamas and ISIL banners have been waved there.

And here is Netanyahu's reaction:

The Prime Minister's Office this evening, made the following statement:
The policy of the Government of Israel regarding the Temple Mount was expressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his statement night, and nothing has changed. Prime Minister Netanyahu made ​​it clear that he expects all members of the Government to act accordingly. 



Substantial progress in the U.S. efforts came at the Kerry-Netanyahu Berlin meeting, where Netanyahu surprised Kerry, telling him that in the past the Jordanians had proposed to Israel that cameras be installed on the Temple Mount to ensure that no damage was being done to the mosques, and no violations of the status quo.

Netanyahu told Kerry that he liked the idea and urged that it be pursued. The Israeli leader suggested that after the secretary’s meeting in Amman with King Abdullah, Kerry would announce Israel’s agreement, and credit would go to the king for the idea.

In the near future, teams from the Israel Police and the Waqf will meet to coordinate the issue of the installation of the cameras on the mount and to discuss reinforcing security arrangement to head off the entry of provocateurs from either side at the site.

Kerry was very satisfied with the idea of installing the cameras and from his conversation with Netanyahu. At a press conference that followed a short time later in Berlin with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he expressed cautious optimism...The only subject on which Netanyahu made promises was a commitment at this point to bar visits by Israeli cabinet and Knesset members to the mount.The senior American officials noted that Kerry did not raise such a demand. Netanyahu, they said, understood himself the extent to which visits by politicians such as Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel have been damaging and provocative.

Netanyahu himself made reference to that on Monday before the Knesset committee. "I am not comfortable preventing my colleagues, cabinet ministers and Knesset members, from going onto the Temple Mount," he said, "but the price of a violation could be that we would all enter a major whirlwind and I am not prepared for that."

What goes up

will come down


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