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U.S. State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby at Daily Press Briefing, Oct. 15, 2015.

( US Department of State Spokesman John Kirby used his Twitter account to retract a comment he had made on Wednesday which suggested the Administration is accusing Israel of violating the status quo on the Temple Mount.

During his Wednesday press briefing, Kirby was asked if the Administration believed that visits to the Temple Mount by Israelis constituted an incitement of Arab violence. Trying to avoid putting the blame for the riots directly on Israel—which many media outlets, especially in the Arab world, had done—Kirby stated instead that, essentially, Secretary of State John Kerry also believes it’s Israel’s fault.


“I’m not going to be able to characterize every single act with terminology,” Kirby said, then added: “What the secretary has said and stands by is that we want to see the status quo restored, the status quo arrangement there on Haram al-Sharif and the Temple Mount.”

A reporter asked Kirby if the administration believed the status quo had been broken, he stated, “Well, certainly, the status quo has not been observed, which has led to a lot of the violence.”

That was a complete lie, as the Netanyahu government has been invested throughout the violent period since the eve of Rosh Hashanah, when the first Israeli was killed by Arab stone throwers, in maintaining the status quo with an iron fist—including randomly preventing religious Jews form setting foot on the Temple Mount, and forcibly removing Jews who dared move their lips soundlessly.

Kirby’s comments were unfair, and out of step with the Administration, which has avoided saying the status quo had been violated. In essence, Kirby was justifying the Arab terrorists’ rage, if not their actions, because he supported their claim that they were defending the Al Aqsa Mosque status from being violated.

A few hours later, after Israeli and Jordanian officials insisted he had caused a blunder that could throw the area into a renewed cycle of rage, Kirby Tweeted: “Clarification from today’s briefing: I did not intend to suggest that status quo at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif has been broken. We welcome both Israel’s & Jordan’s commitment to continued maintenance of status quo at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.”

But at this point we know what he actually believed when he issued his flippant response to a reporter.


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  1. Of course Israel didn’t violate the Temple Mount rules~~~what makes me sick is that there shouldn’t be any rules in the first place~~~IT IS THEIR LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the love of God, I cannot wait till HE (JESUS) returns and sets this issue to rest once and FOREVER!!!

  2. "We welcome both Israel’s & Jordan’s commitment to continued maintenance of status quo at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.” So, is he stating that muslims aARE keeping the 'status quo'?? Throwing rocks, getting in people's faces and screaming their 'allahu akbar' crap and blocking off the view is 'status quo'??

  3. Can an American non-Jew respectfully offer up comments? Please know that there are many of us here who support Israel, who are not American Democrats; who consider our Hussein president to be the biggest danger to our ally, Israel? Men like John Kirby sell their soul for a White House job, but others like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz have much love and respect for Israel.

  4. Dear Elaine Neumeyer: As an American Jew, and a Democrat, thank you so much for your support of Israel. She needs every friend she can get. I'm trying hard to reconcile the Obama Admin.'s antipathy to Israel (as well as my fellow "progressives".) Believe me, you have no idea how hard it is for an old diehard Democrat to acknowledge the Republican's support of Israel, especially Mr. Cruz's, but I do. Thank you.

  5. There is not nor has there ever been a Palestinian people or state .

    Mohammed had been dead for + – 60 years before the Al Aqsa was built.

    So their whole premise of the Al Aqsa as a Muslim religious site is false from the begining.

    Just another Muslim Taquiyya

  6. "we want to see the status quo restored" … that statement, in any language, is a direct assertion that the status quo has been violated… and that assertion was and is a down-right lie. He should have checked his ammunition before firing off his mouth.

  7. I have gotten so tired listing to Mr. Obama & Mr. Kerry, they are hipacrits and no friends of Israel. They listen to pro Arab advisors and then call themselves Israel friend. Since the Truman administration the US State Dept. has been no friend of Israel. Israel must do what it must to protect its people and to hell with the world and it's political leaders.

  8. Since there is no state knowna s palestine, how can there be palestinians? Also the mosque was built on a holy site that was jewish long before a muslim ideology was concocted. It was usurped because jews were temoprarily driven out of Isreal. I am first a citizen of our great country and second a Jew. Exr tremely dissapointed that I was fooled into voting for a misguided (I give the benefit of doubt) individual who does not have the best interests of the U.S. and our only friend in the pig sty that is the arab world.

  9. Jerusalem is Israels eternal capitol and it is also the Apple of Gods eye.

    The God of Israel who brought his children thru the red sea and who put manna on the ground, and who he gave them the land of milk and honey will not be defeated . The more the Arabs try the more they get pushed back.

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