Tag: Temple Mount

Grand mufti: There was never a Jewish Temple on Temple Mount

Strong criticism was leveled on Monday at Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who claimed on Sunday that a Jewish Temple never existed on the Temple Mount.   Asked in a interview with Channel 2 if he accepts that the Jewish Temple existed at the site, the mufti said “the Aksa Mosque […]

With secret prayers, Jews challenge ‘status quo’ at Jerusalem holy site

As the group of Orthodox Jews came near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City, one began to mumble while staring down at his mobile phone. Another looked up in awe, eyes half shut in concentration. The woman’s lips moved silently.   Asked afterwards whether they had prayed, a violation of an 800-year-old […]

Temple Mount deal bolsters Islamist narrative

Jewish activists are up in arms over a new agreement between the Israeli government and Jordan, which would not only cement Muslim control over the Temple Mount – Judaisms holiest site – to the exclusion of Jews, but would also see CCTV cameras installed to catch Jews praying there.In a statement Sunday, the Temple Institute said […]

Palestinian FM says surveillance on Temple Mount ‘a new trap by Israelis’

The Palestinian Authority voiced skepticism on Sunday about the deal reached between Israel and Jordan regarding the Temple Mount, under the auspices of US Secretary of State John Kerry.   Hamas and other radical Palestinian groups rejected the agreement, which calls for installing 24-hour surveillance cameras at the Temple Mount, holy to Muslims as the […]

Netanyahu: Muslims Pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims Visit the Temple Mount

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed Israel’s commitment to the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in a statement on Saturday, after reportedly reaching understandings regarding the holy site with the Palestinians and Jordan. “Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount,” read […]

Jerusalem Mufti says Temple Mount was never home to Jewish Temple

Jerusalem’s grand mufti, the Muslim cleric who is in charge of Jerusalem’s Islamic holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday said that the Temple Mount never held a Jewish Temple, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. He continued to say that the flashpoint site had been home to a mosque “since the creation of the world.” […]

Hamas call for ‘day of rage’ Friday

Earlier in the week, the IDF deployed two additional battalions to its Judea and Samria Division, three companies to the Jerusalem-West Bank perimeter area, and two reinforcement battalions to the Gaza border, to deal with disturbances along the security fence there.   On Thursday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud […]

Kerry planning Mideast visit as US faces pressure to calm violence in Israel

The Obama administration is under pressure to help calm the growing violence in Israel which has some warning of a third intifada, as Israel’s military steps up its response to deadly Palestinian attacks by deploying hundreds of troops.   Amid the unrest, Secretary of State John Kerry just announced plans to visit the region, and […]

Open Letter to NYT: Manipulating Temple Mount History to Further Palestinian Authority Propaganda?

In my recent book about the whereabouts of the enigmatic Ark of the Covenant and other Temple treasures, there is an interview with premier archaeologist and Israel Prize winner, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, where we discuss this relatively new phenomenon, coined by a good friend, (the late Charlie Levine), as “Temple Denial Syndrome,” or TDS for […]

Zahalka defies Temple Mount ban for MKs: ‘Benjamin Netanyahu has no authority here’

MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint List) challenged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ban of all MKs visiting the Temple Mount, and police blocked him from entering the plaza Thursday.   Arguing with police officers, Zahalka said “Who is Netanyahu in this context? There is no rule that says the prime minister can bar MKs from entering a […]