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Israel allows Jews to enter Temple Mount

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  • ummyakoub
    Israel quietly allows Jews to enter Temple Mount The Nazaretz tension follows reports that Israeli police in recent days have begun to allow non-Muslim members
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 5, 2003
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      Israel quietly allows Jews to enter Temple Mount

      The Nazaretz tension follows reports that Israeli police in recent
      days have begun to allow non-Muslim members of the public to enter
      the Temple Mount grounds in the Old City of Jerusalem, under police
      escort, despite the fact that the Waqf had not agreed to the move.

      In the Knesset plenum about two weeks ago, Interior Security
      Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said that Jews would soon be allowed on the
      Temple Mount, "even if no agreement is reached with the Waqf."

      After consulting with Shin Bet Security Service chief Avi Dichter
      and Jerusalem District Police commander, Major General Mickey Levy
      on the subject, Hanegbi recommended to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
      that the Mount be opened to non-Muslim visitors. Sharon, who visited
      the Temple Mount in the fall of 2001, an event some cite as the
      catalyst for the outbreak of the intifada, and subsequently closed
      the site to Jews, said that he prefers that the renewal of visits by
      Jews to the site be done with the consent of the Waqf.

      Last week, Labor MK Colette Avital revealed that Israeli police did
      not wait for the prime minister and the Waqf to reach an agreement.
      Police officers stationed at the Western Wall began to escort groups
      of tourists on visits to the grounds of the mosques at the site.
      Commander of the police station at the Western Wall, Officer Yossi
      Ben Haim, even approached tourists in the Old City and lobbied them
      to join the organized visit to the sensitive site.

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