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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.

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.”

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.”

UNESCO Decides Rachel’s Tomb and Patriarchs’ Cave Are – Muslim Sites!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization decided on Wednesday that Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) and the Patriarchs Cave (MaHarat HaMachpelah) are Muslim sites.

Yes, that is what UNESCO says, contradicting the Bible that states that the forefather Avraham bought the Cave in Hebron and denying history that shows the tomb was built before Islam existed.

UNESCO refrained from listing the Western Wall as a Muslim site, but still managed to get in its anti-Israel licks by accusing Israel, and not Arab terrorists, of “aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship,” referring to the rights of Muslims and not to Jews.

It also repeated what the Israeli government has documented as a lie by alleging “Israel’s attempts to break the status quo since 1967.”

The vote on the UNESCO Executive Committee was 26-6.

There were 25 countries that were too cowardly to vote one way or the other.

UNESCO Chief ‘Deplores’ Palestinian Authority’s Western Wall Proposal, Resolution Rescinded

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday night rescinded their proposal to declare the Western Wall part of the great Muslim Al Aqsa mosque, Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the OECD, told Israel Radio.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova on Tuesday expressed concern over the draft resolution in which member states Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates declare that “the Buraq Plaza (their name for the Western Wall) is an integral part of the Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al-Sharif.”

“She deplores the recent proposals under discussion by the UNESCO executive board that could be seen to alter the status of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and that could further incite tensions,” Bokova’s spokesperson said in a statement, adding, “The director-general appeals to the UNESCO executive board to take decisions that do not further inflame tensions on the ground and that encourage respect for the sanctity of the holy sites.”

The proposal met with irate responses from Jewish organizations, as well as from the State of Israel, whose Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the resolution another “shameful and deceitful attempt” to rewrite history, adding that “the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem are the cornerstones of Jewish history. They are historical facts no one can dispute.”

But the strongest push against the incendiary proposal came from the US State Dept., whose spokesman Edgar Vasquez told The Jerusalem Post, “The United States strongly opposes this resolution and any such use of international fora such as UNESCO to inflame tension in the region and alter the status quo at the holy sites. … The United States is in close, urgent consultation with UNESCO member states, UNESCO leadership and Israel to discuss this matter. One-sided anti-Israel resolutions have been a recurring challenge at UNESCO since 2009, and in all such circumstances, the United States has blocked consensus on such resolutions by calling for a vote and voting against the texts.”

Netanyahu Answers the Big Lies Against Israel

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the opportunity during his speech to the 37th World Zionist Congress, to speak from his Zionist heart to the hearts of Zionists everywhere.

Netanyahu used the occasion to rally supporters of Israel and to call upon them to spread the truth about Zionism and Israel. He spoke during the midst of a wave of terror in Israel unlike any in recent time. The stabbing, shooting, car-ramming attacks on Israeli citizens just during the month of October alone has unnerved many. Once again the media and the outside world uses moral equivalency or worse to condemn Israel for the terror unleashed against its citizens.

Netanyahu’s rock steady speech enlisted all supporters of Israel in the battalion of truth tellers about Israel. The physical attacks are being endured solely by Israelis, but the fight against the vilification of the Jewish State is something in which everyone can and must participate.

The ammunition Netanyahu provided the troops he enlisted consists solely of truth. The truths that can and will deflate the myths perpetuated by so many against the Jewish State.

In all, Netanyahu summarized into Ten Big Lies being told about Israel, and he provided answers to all of them. The entire speech can be found here.

The First Big Lie: Israel is trying to change the Status Quo on Har Habayit (Temple Mount). No, Israel is not. But here are additional facts you need to back up this categorical statement. First, King Solomon built the Temple Mount 3,000 years ago. That’s 1,500 years before the birth of Islam. The current arrangement, despite Israel’s victory in a defensive war against Jordan in 1967 which previously controlled the site, is that Muslims may visit the Temple Mount and pray there, while non-Muslims are permitted to visit only between Sunday and Thursday and Jews are not permitted ever to pray there. Over the past year, three and a half million Muslims visited the Temple Mount, 80,000 Christians and a mere 12,000 Jews.

The Second Big Lie: Israel is trying to destroy Al-Aksa Mosque. Netanyahu told an anecdote about how, just after his grandfather arrived in Israel, there was a terrorist attack because Arabs claimed Jews were trying to destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque. That was in 1920. Jews were attacked based on this false claim again in 1921, and in 1929. And it’s still happening today. So, Netanyahu explained, “this lie is about a hundred years old. It fomented many, many attacks. The Temple Mount stands. The al-Aqsa Mosque stands. But the lie stands too, it persists.”

The Third Big Lie is that there has been a surge in settlement construction, Netanyahu explained. The truth, however, is that the number of units built in the “settlements” has gone down from 5,000 annually under Ehud Barak, to 1,900 under Sharon, down to 1,700 under Olmert. Under Netanyahu’s reign, the number is down to 1500. As Netanyahu said, “some surge.”

The Fourth Big Lie is that Israelis are executing Palestinians. Netanyahu used Abbas’s public charge that Israel executed a young teenager, Ahmen Mansara, to show the absurdity of this charge. In fact, Mansara had just viciously stabbed a 13 year old Israeli boy riding on his bicycle. Israelis stopped Mansara, but they certainly didn’t kill him. In fact, Mansara was treated in Hadassah Hospital and released. The Israeli victim, however, is still in that hospital, desperately trying to live.

The Fifth Big Lie is that Israel uses excessive force. To this claim, Netanyahu asks people to consider what the police forces in New York or Paris or Moscow would do if people ran through the streets of their cities trying to stab their citizens with knives or screwdrivers. Israel’s instructions are clear: if there’s a threat to life, take action to neutralize it. Period.

‘Not A Single Jew Will Remain On This Land,’ Promises A Gaza Cleric [video]

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a visit to IDF troops at the Gaza border on Tuesday the southern front is “under control.”

Together with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and top IDF brass, the prime minister said Israel is engaged in a three-front security battle.

Of these, he said, quiet at the Temple Mount is paramount, followed by security in Judea and Samaria, and “thirdly, in Gaza.”

But there’s a witch’s brew being cooked up by radical Islamist clerics who belong to the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza.

Perhaps after being goaded by Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists who taunted Hamas and Fatah with not being Islamic enough and not carrying out enough attacks against Jews, Hamas uploaded another “how to stab” tutorial on Tuesday.

The “West Bank Intifada – Preparing a Knife for Stabbing” video shows the budding terrorist-in-the-making exactly how to prepare a proper weapon for optimal stabbing. This may be due to the fact that so many of the recent attacks have been carried out with could be viewed as less than professional weaponry – and so perhaps Hamas is embarrassed by the turnout.

But not to worry: Tuesday’s video demonstrates lethal stabbing methods, along with ways to sharpen one’s weapon. The video clip was caught and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Just one week earlier, on October 13, Muslim television host and Hamas cleric Sheikh Iyad Abu Funun promised Palestinian Arab viewers watching Al Aqsa TV that “not a single Jew” will remain in Israel.

“Let me say something clearly to the Zionists, something that should reach all those enemies, whether left-wing, right-wing, secular, religious, or extremist,” Abu Funun said, in a clip of the sermon downloaded and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“Regardless of their appearance or the color of their skin, they are on the land of Islam and the Muslims, on the land of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey.

“Any of our enemies living on this land must understand that they have no place on this land.

“Brother, could you bring me a copy of the Qu’ran?,” he asked someone in the studio. “I want to swear on the Qu’ran that not a single Jew will remain on this land. Not a single settler will remain on this land. Absolutely not.

“The sheikhs who preceded me swore on the Qu’ran that not a single Jew would remain on this land and that you would not win any battle.

“I too swear on the Qu’ran that by Allah the Almighty who created the skies above and all creatures, who sent us the Qu’ran and the messengers, who created Paradise and Hell, life and death, we will not leave a single Jew on our Islamic land – no child, no adult, no settler, no soldier, nobody of Eastern or Western origin.

“No Jew will remain on the land of Islam and the Muslims. This is my vow on behalf of the entire Palestinian people and of the Arab and Islamic nation in its entirety, from East to West.

“If the enemies do not understand this, they are stupid. They are stupid,” he repeated.

“They have not read the books of history. Go and read them, and learn what happened between us,” he advised.

“In the days when the Prophet Muhammad was in Medina, the Jews of Bani Qaynuqa’, of Bani Nazir, and Bani Qurayza were there. What did you do? You betrayed the Prophet once and did not learn your lesson. You betrayed him a second, third, and fourth time, and did not learn your lesson.

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