May 6, 2016
- Protecting the Status of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – Nadav Shragai
The Temple Mount, where the First and Second Jewish Temples once stood, is the holiest place for the Jewish people. Today, two famous houses of prayer – the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock – the third holiest site for Muslims – reside on the Temple Mount.
The status quo on the Temple Mount was established in the first days after the Six-Day War of 1967, but over the years it has undergone many changes. The impact of the two waves of terror instigated by the Palestinians in 2014 and 2015 on the status quo on the Temple Mount is the major focus of this study. Forty-nine years after the establishment of the status quo, realities on the Mount have changed dramatically, greatly enhancing the status of Muslims and deeply eroding the status of Jews. The writer, a journalist and commentator at Ha’aretz and Israel Hayom, has documented the dispute over Jerusalem for thirty years. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
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