Photo Credit: The Temple Institute
Muslim women harass police and Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount. Arab rioters often hurl garbage at visitors as well.

Israel has rejected out of hand a draft proposal by France to internationalize the Temple Mount.

The plan was suggested on Friday to the Security Council by French ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre, supposedly intended to help cool off the violence at the site.


On Sunday (Oct. 18), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel “cannot accept” the draft resolution at the UN Security Council.

“It doesn’t mention Palestinian incitement; it doesn’t mention Palestinian terrorism; and it calls for the internationalization of the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu pointed out.

Even burka-clad Muslim women — and even children — join in with the harassment of visitors to the site, screaming “Allahu Akbar!” from just a few inches away as Jews and other non-Muslims tour the Temple Mount grounds. Even with a police escort, the vicious abuse is allowed to continue unabated until either the touring Jews are cowed into abandoning the tour or one of the verbal attackers loses enough control that they make a physical move against the visitors. This offers a legal excuse for Israeli police to block the group, thereby affording the tourists a few moments of respite.

“We’ve seen across the Middle East – in Palmyra, in Iraq, throughout Iraq and elsewhere how the militant Muslims blast each other’s mosques to the sky. We’ve just seen it in a Jewish holy site, Joseph’s Tomb,” Netanyahu said, referring to the latest torching of the tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph.

“Only Israel, Israel alone, is the guarantor of the holy sites on the Temple Mount,” he noted, adding that it is not Israel that has made any changes to the status quo at the Temple Mount – the most recent excuse used by Palestinian Arabs to ignite the current wave of terrorism.

“We didn’t change anything,” Netanyahu said. “The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last 15 years. The only thing that’s changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist Movement in Israel and by Hamas, who are entering the mosque and try to put explosives [in the building] and from there emerge and attack Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and Christian visitors. That’s the only change in the status quo.”

Netanyahu reiterated that Israel has not changed the status quo, nor does it intend to change the status quo. However, he said, “Israel will protect the holy sites, and will guard the status quo.

“Israel is not the problem on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Israel is the solution.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. France lives off alms from Qatar. The latter dictates to France what they want, and the jerks at the Elysee and the Quai d'Orsay bend over to please. Arabs run France and the latter's police make in its pants when they see a "lone" one. How far France will prostitute itself for dough?

  2. As Jews, we had our temple moved twice and carried the holy of holies from Mt. Sinai to jerusalem. Hence, best to internationize the Al Aska mosque by moving it to Saudi Arabia next to mohammad's grave and as a result it would be internationalized to all of the arabs without being a problem to the Jews since Al Aska is like other philistine homes which is squatting illegally on Jewish property and should be removed.Let France pay for its movement .
    When the international community was guarding the Kotel until 1967, the arabs used it as a garbage dump, toilet, and staple disrespecting our sensitivities which proves the philistines do not know how to respect any religion, not even their own since their religion stemped from Judaisn by the illegitimate bastard son of Abraham and his harlot Hagar of Eypt. Hence this is historical FACTS!

  3. While the Promise of the Mount is for all nations, control of it belongs to the Jews alone. Who else can be expected to allow access to everyone? Not the U.N., not the Muslims, perhaps, not even the Christians; only the Jews will allow equal access for all, after the metal detectors, and the regrettable, necessary searches, of course.

    The Temple Mount truly belongs to the world; and the inner sanctuary, is Hashem's alone. And Hashem has given control of the Mount to the Jews. The temporary Muslim occupation of it? A mistake, of secular Judaism, which the nation has paid for, for almost 50 years…

    But the 49th year; is it here, or not? And in the 50th year; will not full control of access to the Temple Mount, again be in Jewish hands?

    While this is an obvious necessity, it is up to you, to decide. But the longer you delay, the longer Mashiach delays, in finally manifesting…

    Is that not also obvious?

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