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King Abdullah Zigzagging on Temple Mount CCTVs

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

(JNi.media) According to the Jordan Times, His Majesty King Abdullah II met on Saturday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and discussed regional developments, especially the situation in Jerusalem and efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, most notably the idea to install security cameras at the Temple Mount compound.

Kerry also stated, as cited by the JT: “I am very pleased to announce today that Prime Minister Netanyahu has agreed to what I think is an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah, to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” on Al Haram Al Sharif—that’s Temple Mount to most non-Muslims.

Kerry added: “This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of this holy site. I expect Jordanian and Israeli technical teams will meet soon to discuss the implementation of this idea alongside other measures to maintain and enhance order and calm.”

The idea makes such good sense, one wonders how come they haven’t thought about it before: install security cameras in a compound so rife with riots, complaints, and violations of the status quo, alleged and real. It turns out there used to be CCTVs in the compound, until, in December 2013, Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, demanded that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount.

“Jordan rejects Israel’s installation of surveillance cameras on December 8 to monitor waqf officials and worshippers, particularly women,” Information Minister Mohammad Momani told state news agency Petra, adding: “Jordan does not accept that Israel has set up a police station inside the compound. It is a flagrant military violation of the freedom of worshippers as well as an interference in the affairs of the Jordanian Islamic waqf.”

In other words, those CCTVs were going to help Israeli police do a better job of maintaining the status quo, which entailed preventing Arab rioting and violence up there, which in itself presented an effort on the part of Israel to impose “a new status quo in Jerusalem,” Momani said.

But on Saturday, realizing that violence often begets much worse violence, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh agreed a cessation to the violence is necessary and that the Kingdom condemns all killing of civilians, a sentiment echoed by the secretary of state.

Both Abdullah and Kerry expressed appreciation of each other’s friendship, the long partnership between both nations, and of His Majesty’s role in guiding the region and leading Jordan’s role in maintaining stability in the region.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information, government spokesperson, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Riyad al-Maliki, warned that the CCTVs on Temple Mount would be a trap, and that Israel plans to use them to register Arab youths as inciters.

JNi.Media

Netanyahu: Jews Will Not Pray on the Temple Mount

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tonight (Sat. 24 Oct 2015), made the following statement regarding the Temple Mount:

“Recognizing the importance of the Temple Mount to peoples of all three monotheistic faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians: Israel re-affirms its commitment to upholding unchanged the status quo of the Temple Mount, in word and in practice.

As we have said many times, Israel has no intention to divide the Temple Mount, and we completely reject any attempt to suggest otherwise.

We respect the importance of the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as reflected in the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, and the historical role of King Abdullah II.

Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount.

Israel believes that those who visit or worship on the Temple Mount must be allowed to do so in peace, free from violence, from threats, from intimidation and from provocations. We will continue to ensure access to the Temple Mount for peaceful worshippers and visitors, while maintaining public order and security.

We welcome increased coordination between the Israeli authorities and the Jordanian Waqf, including to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area, and all this in accordance with the respective responsibilities of the Israelis authorities and the Jordanian Waqf.

We support the call for the immediate restoration of calm, and for all the appropriate steps to be taken to ensure that violence ceases, that provocative actions are avoided, and that the situation returns to normalcy in a way that promotes the prospects for peace.

We look forward to working cooperatively to lower tensions, stop incitement and discourage violence.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Netanyahu Commits to Maintaining Temple Mount Status Quo, Praises Jordanian Waqf

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said that Israel and Jordan have agreed to take steps to reduce tensions on the Temple Mount. Among other things, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a proposal made by King Abdullah II of Jordan, to place surveillance cameras to document what is happening in the compound around the clock. Netanyahu pledged to maintain the existing arrangements for visits at the holy site, which include permitting Jews to visit the Temple Mount but not to pray there. Netanyahu repeatedly acknowledged the special historical role of Jordan as guardian of the Holy sites.

However, as early as 1954, Israel has charged Jordan with the desecration of the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, with thousands of tombstones smashed and used as building material, paving stones or for latrines in Arab Legion army camps. The Intercontinental Hotel was built on top of the cemetery and graves were demolished to make way for a highway to the hotel. According to CAMERA, as soon as it was captured by the Jordanian Legion, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was destroyed and its residents expelled. Fifty-eight synagogues—some of them hundreds of years old—were destroyed, their contents looted and desecrated. Some Jewish religious sites were turned into chicken coops or animal stalls. The Western Wall was turned into a slum area.

However, in the spirit of letting bygones be bygones, Israel has agreed to meet soon with representatives of Jordan and the Waqf to discuss strengthening security on the Temple Mount. “All violence and incitement to violence must stop, and leaders must lead it,” Secretary Kerry declared. He made the remarks after meeting in Amman with King Abdullah, and earlier with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas told reporters that the Palestinians have not lost hope.

Netanyahu is expected to issue a video announcement Saturday night and undertake to maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount.

MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi) said in response, “I appreciate the efforts of the prime minister to calm the situation, but nothing will prevent Jews from eventually praying on the Temple Mount. Not even Waqf cameras.”

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Shin Bet Report: Israeli Arabs Bring ISIS to Israel

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has issued a warning that some Israeli Arab students traveling abroad are returning with new knowledge acquired outside the classrooms.

Operatives from the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization have been recruiting Israeli Arabs while they are attending foreign universities in countries such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

According to a report broadcast Tuesday night on Hebrew-language Channel One TV, Israeli Arabs are using their knowledge of Israeli society to teach ISIS about Israelis. ISIS, meanwhile, is teaching the Israeli Arabs how to use weapons and attack Israel.

The video clip of the report below is in Hebrew but is provided for readers who understand the language due to its importance.

Palestinian Arab youth from Judea and Samaria are also able to make contact with these operatives in universities abroad, which they access easily by simply crossing into Jordan.

Most Israeli Arab youth do not appear as a security threat upon leaving Israel, and are not on the “watch” list.

However, upon graduation from their studies – and their terror training – they are instructed to return to Israel, where they translate their learning into terrorist operations.

The Shin Bet warns, therefore, that in its view, ISIS is already operating in Israel.

But this is not as new as it sounds. There have been in fact a number of reports over the past year attesting to this unpalatable fact.

An ISIS cell – marked by group of teachers who were disseminating ISIS ideology – was discovered in the Negev Bedouin town of Hura just a few months ago.

Several cases of Israeli Arabs disappearing from their homes and suddenly reappearing in Turkey, where they were found to be heading for the border with Syria, towards an ISIS stronghold, were also reported.

An ISIS sign was seen on a building in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel this summer.

An Israeli Arab who worked for the government’s Health Ministry at a well-known hospital was convicted this month of having become a bona fide member of ISIS.

Two young Israeli Arabs were caught and convicted of having traveled to Turkey in an attempt to join Da’esh (ISIS) as well. Those two, ages 19 and 21, didn’t make it: they were turned back in time and deported by the Turkish police.

Other reports of Israeli Arabs who had already made it all the way to Da’esh and were in contact with their Israeli Arab friends “back home,” actively recruiting them to join the group, have also been in the news.

In addition, there have been numerous reports of ISIS-linked Salafi Muslim terrorist groups in Gaza, including at least one that continues to fire rockets at Israel from time to time.

ISIS is, indeed, already in Israel and on its borders.

Hana Levi Julian

Only 0.3% of Yearly Visitors to Temple Mount Are Jews

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Only 12.000 entries by Jews to the Temple Mount were recorded last year, compared with nearly 4,000,000 for Muslims, according to statistic provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

That comes out to 0.3 percent.

There also were approximately 200,000 entries by Christians.

So what is this business about the Jews taking over the Temple Mount?

Even if police were to allow more Jews to ascend the holy site, the numbers would not increase significantly. The Chief Rabbinate forbids entry to the holy site for reasons of Jewish law concerning impurity since the destruction of the Second Temple.

An increasing number of rabbis permit entry to certain areas, but the number of Jews who have an interest in visiting the Temple Mount, where there is no visible sign of the Temples, remains tiny.

The most noise from Jews on the Temple Mount has been created by those who have to remain silent because they are forbidden to pray out loud.

Police enforce the restriction placed by the Muslim authority on the site, even though it contradicts the principle of freedom of worship.

Thoughts are allowed, at least for now.

The Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty specifically cites the freedom of access to all people to holy sites and even implies that prayer is allowed. However, the “status quo” accepted by Israel shortly after the Six-Day War honors the Muslim limitations.

The Foreign Ministry stated:

The status quo protects the right of Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount, as well as the freedom of all people, whether Muslims, Christians, Jews or others, to visit the Mount. Visits

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements … [and] includes the spread of false claims against Israel, in particular regarding the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority, including its chairman Mahmoud Abbas, are using inflammatory Islamic rhetoric to spread false and malicious claims against Israel, and treat those who engage in the murder of Israelis as heroes…..

Radical Islamists are bringing explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and other weaponry onto the Temple Mount, thus deliberately desecrating, damaging and endangering the holy site and turning it into a battle field.

The militarization of a site revered by all should be universally condemned. The aim of these elements is to change the status quo and to prevent visits by non-Muslims on the Mount.

Israel has guaranteed freedom to Christians and Muslims to visit all of their holly sites in Judea and Samaria and areas of Jerusalem that were under Jordanian occupation until the Six-Day War in 1967.

Jordan did not allow Jews and Christians to visit their holy sites, except in rare circumstances when a foreign Christian leader traveled to Israel.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Abbas Dials Back Arab Rage: ‘We Do Not Want Escalation’

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has suddenly begun to dial back his anti-Israel inflammatory attitude and remarks.

Abbas was quoted on Tuesday as saying he did not want the current violence in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria to escalate into a military confrontation with Israel. “We tell them (the Israelis) that we do not want either military or security escalation,” Abbas said in a statement issued at a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“All our instructions to our (security) agencies, our factions and our youth have been that we do not want escalation.”

Abbas also allegedly said, “We’re committed to the agreements,” adding that he has told Israel that Palestinian Arab leaders “want to reach a diplomatic solution through peaceful means and not another solution. We want to mitigate the chances of destruction and loss which will afflict both sides from this situation… [but] at the same time, we will protect ourselves.”

He also urged Israel to return to negotiations, carry out a previously negotiated prisoner release and end any building within Jewish cities, towns and villages in Judea, Samaria and post-1967 Jerusalem neighborhoods.

The remarks are a 180-degree turnabout from his position at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly barely a week ago, when Abbas informed world leaders the Palestinian Authority no longer feels itself bound by the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords which it signed with Israel in 1993.

However, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have both allegedly pressured Abbas to act to prevent further deterioration in the security situation in the Palestinian Authority, according to a tweet by Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

If the report is accurate, such a move would signal an intent by Jordan and Egypt to end what appears to be a deliberate, calculated attempt by Abbas to attempt to ignite a third intifada.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meanwhile announced tightened security measures that were approved late Monday night by the security cabinet to counter to escalation in violence.

Among the counter-terror strategies were the installation of new security cameras at every intersection in Judea and Samaria, expedited legal decision on demolition of homes of convicted terrorist murderers and assassins, and beefed-up security and military units in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Within the past week two Palestinian Arabs have been killed while engaging in attacks against Israelis.

The first was a terrorist who stabbed a 15-year-old Israeli teen in the chest late Saturday night while he was walking near the Old City of Jerusalem.

The second was a 13-year-old Palestinian Arab teen who was shot — and killed accidentally — by an IDF soldier while particpating in a violent Arab riot near the Tomb of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel.

In addition, at least 170 more Palestinian Arabs have been injured in clashes with Israeli security personnel since Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama were murdered in a Samaria drive-by terror attack in front of their four children last Thursday night.

Just two nights later, two rabbis were murdered and a mother and her baby were stabbed and shot in the same Arab terror attack at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The young mother pleaded for help from nearby vendors in the Old City market – to no avail — with blood dripping from a knife wound in her shoulder as her husband and baby, and a fellow rabbi were being shot and stabbed. Instead she was mocked and laughed at, and finally in one instance actually pushed away, according to a relative’s account.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Cabinet Approves Counter-Terror Measures

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Israel’s Security Cabinet approved at its meeting late Monday night new, upgraded counter-terror measures to address the current uptick in Arab violence.

Demolitions of homes belonging to terrorists convicted of murder and assassination would be stepped up, according to the new regulations.

In addition, security and military units assigned to keep order are being reinforced in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Special police units are starting to conduct “deep raids” and maintain a presence in Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods from which rioters and other Arab attackers originate.

In addition, Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh reported in a tweet Tuesday morning, “Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are pressuring Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to take measures to prevent further deterioration.”

If true, it would signify that Jordan and Egypt are taking steps to end the calculated chaos in the Palestinian Authority since Abbas lit the fuse from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly.

Hana Levi Julian

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