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Mughrabi Bridge Reopened to Chagrin of Jerusalem Municipality

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The Mughrabi Bridge, the closure of which for safety renovations raised a maelstrom across the Arab world, has been reopened on Wednesday.

 

Jerusalem security forces stationed a fire truck near the bridge, to counterbalance the hazardousness which led to its closure.  The bridge will also reportedly be doused with a fire-retardant material.  A Jerusalem municipal engineer declared the bridge to the Temple Mount gate to be at risk of collapse and a fire hazard.

 

The Jerusalem Municipality published a statement on Tuesday criticizing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government for deciding to renovate the site, which mayor Nir Barkat feels should be demolished and rebuilt.

 

“The government’s helplessness in dealing with this hazardous and dilapidated nuisance at the heart of the Western Wall and entrance to the Temple Mount is regrettable,” the statement read.  Barkat said he views the Netanyahu decision as a hindrance to restoring proper use of the entrance to the Temple Mount, the only one currently available to non-Muslims.  There are currently 10 operational gates to the Temple Mount.

 

National Union MKs Uri Ariel and Aryeh Eldad used the bridge to ascend to the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning.  Ariel told reporters that he believes the State of Israel should be more assertive of its sovereignty over the Temple Mount.

Netanyahu Halts Mughrabi Renovation Due to Arab Warnings

Monday, November 28th, 2011

A last minute order from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has halted the demolition of the wooden bridge from the Mugrahbi Gate on the Temple Mount to the Western Wall Plaza, due to “warnings” from Cairo and Amman of regional backlash.

The demoltion of the bridge was to begin after Shabbat on Saturday, and last for 72 hours, as part of a project to rejuvenate the site, erect a more permanent structure, and restore full use of the women’s section adjacent to the Western Wall.  A large deployment of security forces was to be associated with the project, both in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria.

In 2004, a storm caused the partial collapse of the Mughrabi Ramp, at which point a temporary bridge was erected to enable worshippers and tourists to gain access to the Temple Mount.  However, Jerusalem engineer Shlomo Eshkol deemed the bridge structurally unsound and a fire hazard in October, and gave the municipality 30 days to demolish it or face fines.

The postponement comes as Egypt conducts its first elections since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak.   On Thursday, 85 year-old spiritual chief of the Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, whose party is poised to make a major sweep in Egypt’s elections, contacted Jordan’s King Abdullah to ask the ruler to put pressure on Israel to cancel the project.  According to Qaradawi, the project’s aim is to ease access by security forces and Jewish settlers to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Qaradawi, though a proponent of tolerance for non-Muslims, has stated that pregnant Israeli women are legitimate targets of jihad, publicly prayed that the next genocide against the Jews would take place at the hands of “the believers”, and refuted Jewish history on the Temple Mount.

Abdullah also told Netanyahu that any move associated with the Temple Mount would likely lead to protests throughout Jordan and possibly violence in Judea and Samaria.  In 2007, work on the ramp led to international condemnation and protests throughout the Arab world, including protests in Jordan and an outcry for a third intifada.

The prime minister will convene a meeting of officials to determine how to proceed.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/netanyahu-halts-mughrabi-renovation-due-to-arab-warnings/2011/11/28/

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