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More than 200 people were waiting at the Mughrabi gate before the opening of the mountaintop compound, eager to enter the courtyards of the House of God during the days of the pilgrimage.
Netanyahu said that since the Jordanians opposed the bridge, "Of course we agreed." Of course.
“It’s a move toward confidence building and an attempt to see whether there is forward movement.”
The chances of Obama visiting the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount are the same as his praying at the Kotel – zero - but Arabs pulled a PR stunt Sunday warning him how to enter when he visits.
The aim of the Israelis, according to this group, is to transform these areas into segregated prayer enclosures and synagogues for Jewish women.
An Arab-language report claims that Israel is using as cover its work on the new Mughrabi Gate to construct a synagogue.
JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Netanyahu found himself trying to extinguish a political and religious brushfire in his own government this week after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Sunday closed the Mughrabi Gate bridge, which leads to the Temple Mount.
Israel’s decision to close a bridge to the Temple Mount deemed unfit for use is a “declaration of religious war on the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem,” according to a statement by a Hamas spokesman.