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Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount.

The United States pressured Israel to open the Temple Mount to Muslims after the unprecedented one-day closure on Thursday, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

After expressing “concern” over “escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” she said, “It must be reopened to Muslim worshippers….


“We’ve been in close touch, as I’ve mentioned or alluded to, with senior Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian officials to try to de-escalate the situation. ….

“We support the longstanding practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site, to Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. And consistent with our respect for the status quo, we would like to see it returned to that.”

Non-Muslim visitors? How about non-Muslim worshippers, meaning Jews?

Psaki did not go any further, lest she “escalate tensions” by telling the whole truth.

The U.S. State Dept. last year, in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, stated, “[The] Israeli government policy is to grant freedom of religious expression to all, but despite an Israeli Supreme Court ruling, police continue to prevent many people from praying in the area due to what they say are ‘security considerations’

“While the government ensured limited access to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif to everyone regardless of religious beliefs, only Muslims are allowed to pray at the site, although their access has been occasionally restricted due to security concerns.”

One of those who has been repeatedly restricted from ascending the Temple Mount until recently is Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was critically wounded by an Arab terrorist Wednesday night.

Psaki condemned the attempted murder but didn’t connect the dots. Doing so would be dangerous to the State Dept’s warped view of Israel and Jewish rights.

Rabbi Glick was shot because he often visits the Temple Mount, brings hundreds of other to the holy site and openly supports the building of the Third Temple, something which the Obama administration would call an “illegal settlement.”



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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. put pigs heads ,pigs feet and bacon throughout the place. dont forget to put your muddy shoes on and run through it ohhh and pigs blood that ought to close it down for good . cant pray if its defiled right ?i would even do it for them if i lived there

  2. Micromanaging Israel while unarmed citizens are being shot in Furgesson and water is shut off in Detroit, and Oakland dock workers are being intimidated by thuggish demonstrators….. I think Israel doesn’t need help micromanaging, the US needs help bad.

  3. Muhammad never visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and was careful not to mention them in the Koran even once. However, Mecca and Medina, the only two Muslim holy cities, are mentioned hundreds of times.Jewish Temple stood on Temple Mount long before Islam or any other religion that exists in the world today, were founded. Even when the founders of Christianity walked the streets of ancient Jerusalem, there were no mosques or churches, but only in the Jewish Temple. The land of the Temple in Jerusalem was bought for the Jewish people – by King David in 850 BCE. Deed, the name of the seller and the purchase price were recorded in the Bible (II Samuel Ch Chronicles, chapters each – as).Muslim Palestinians “today claim ownership of the Temple Mount, the site of the Jewish Temple. They claim it is “their” holy site. But, do know the world where the Muslims in Jerusalem when they pray? – Even in churches, and even the mosque “Al-Aqsa” built at the Temple Mount itself? They turn to Mecca, with their backs to the Temple Mount and pray toward Mecca Bkoram they show their backsides to the Temple Mount. How consistent is the claim that it is a “holy place”? It is a fact that Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Quran, while Mecca and Medina, the only two Muslim holy cities, are mentioned hundreds of times.Can any Muslim world to bring proof of the relationship between Islam Jerusalem only dream of Muhammad? Hard to believe, but the only source of Islamic claim ownership of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in the Qur’an describing Muhammad’s dream of “space control” unknown. And perhaps “place away” is the White House in Washington?The best source for understanding the mentality of the Arab – Muslim distortion of history for political purposes in the words of Mohammed himself in the Koran: “War is deception.”

  4. Tell Brits to leave Falklands, Turks to leave Cyprus . Return Europe to pre WW 2 borders. Boycott North Korea Cuba . China Sudan Arab emirates . Iran for human rights violations. And tell Obama to mind his own business which he can’t do well anyway

  5. Let’s see how many Jews vote next week to throw the liberal bums out. Let’s see what the New York Times Liberal Jew does. Bet they vote Democrat. They just talk big. The Jewish Press endorsed all these corrupt democrats because they are afraid of retaliation. They talk big and have no guts

  6. Obama and his little muslim islamic cult, needs to get out of the us he can’t do anything right, he should SHUT UP, SIT DOWN, stay out of this world s business. He is trying his best to destroy the U SA, bad people are in our country with authority, he will lose, hopefully die of the ebola he wants to bring here. May death be with u black cancer is my opinion of u.

  7. Blame not "America" for the Israel authorities politics and policies on Moriah. Blame the Israelis responsibles & pressure PM Netanyahu,
    DF Ya'alon, Security interior head Aharonovitz, police Danino, the head of the Shabak & the Rabbinic authorities of Israel and the Kotel to allow Jews to visit & conduct prayer services on Moriah

  8. Actually, this is Holy to many religions. Islam is not a religion. It is an ideology based on violence to those who do not follow. The reasoning behind opening is based off our traitor in the white house doing any thing he can to make Israel and us vulnerable.

  9. =
    Blame not “America” for the Israel authorities politics and policies on Moriah. Blame the Israelis responsibles & pressure PM Netanyahu, DF Ya’alon, Security interior head Aharonovitz, police head Danino, the Shabak head & the Rabbinic authorities of Israel, of Jerusalem & of the Kotel to allow Jews
    not to simply visit but to conduct prayer services on Moriah .
    Is easy to blame America for Israel problem, But try to be Yehuda Glick.

  10. Perhaps if the Muslims acted with some decorum and didn’t destroy their own mosque or throw stones at people, they would be trusted as people instead of animals to go there. but when you shoot people, maim them with rocks and stones, and are destructive, it leads to question their civility.

  11. terrible how the think they can boss Isreal around.Isreal God gave to the Jews that is there land they can do what ever they want to. it didn,t amount to anything till the Jews made it so beautiful.God Bless Isreal.Jesus Gods son loves you also..

  12. To Jews. Christians once held the mount and used it as a pasture and a dump because their “Temple” was Jesus, and mistreated the mount to dishonor Jews. At least Muslims made it a place of worship again. Christians do not deserve to stand on a holy place.

  13. I AM A ZIONIST and moving back to my home land in Israel, This land belongs to me It is not a muslim country but a Jewish Country. Muslims have murdered Jews and other religions since it was founded by mohammad who was a child molester, a rapist and a murder just like the ISIS terrorest. You pro Muslim dont like what I have to say go live with these savages and if you are allowed to stay alive and keep your head good for you. If your a mooooooslem and dont like what i have to say kol hara

  14. The POS in charge is a muslim, do you think he’ll side with ISRAEL ? the elections are coming, and as far as I’m concern we will make sure that the hostile attitude will change together with kicking out the most incompetent government, that was ever in charge in this country ! No More Demo Crap, OUT OUT OUT !

  15. the us needs to suport isreal or shut there not tell isreal how to run there own country the isrealy goverment has bent over backwards for the palestinians and thy bomb isreal are you freakin kidding me?????obma is a joke,a total embarasment to americans,and the world.

  16. Our COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT has no right to be telling Israel what to do about anything. If the AMERICAN people would UNITE we could actually get rid of the ILLEGAL IMPOSTOR THAT CLAIMS HE IS OUR PRESIDENT. When really we know the only reason he is in there is because the DEMS RIGGED THE VOTES BOTH TIMES AND STILL HAVE NOT BEEN PUNISHED FOR IT.

  17. Where do WE get off dictating to Israel about their cities? This is ridiculous! Can we please get this administration to just shut up if they can’t do anything right? I hope they DON’T open the Temple Mount. And the next time we have a problem in one of our cities I hope Israel feels comfortable enough to tell us what to do about it.

  18. Who cares what Obama says…. Israel is in charge of the Temple Mount and it should be closed to muslims… by the way, when Obama shut the government down and closed all national parks and all monuments, etc. he did not listen to anyone telling him to open them up so why should Israel be any different?

  19. The State of Israel must immediately rebuild the Temple of God, because it is written in the Torah, in Exodus 25:8, that God commanded Israel to make for Him a sanctuary.
    The State of Israel must forbid the practice of Islam in the Land of Israel, because it is written in the Torah, in Exodus 22:19, that God commanded that, if a human being sacrifices to other god, he be killed, and the Muslims sacrifice to other god, because their god, in the Quran, said words that contradict the words that the true God had said before, that are written in the Tanakh. For example: In the Quran, the false prophet Muhammad said that his false god said that the holy day is the sixth day of the week (Quran 62:9), when the true God had said before, in Exodus 20:8-11, that the holy day is the seventh day of the week. Another example: In the Quran, the false prophet Muhammad said that his false god said that it is allowed to eat the camel (Quran 22:36), when the true God had said before, in Leviticus 11:4, that it is forbidden to eat the camel.
    The Palestinian Arabs are making war against Israel, because they are killing or trying to kill the Jews. It is written in the Torah, in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18, that God commanded that, in the war, Israel kill all the enemies, without distinction between combatants and civilians. So, the State of Israel must kill all the Palestinian Arabs, without distinction between combatants and civilians. Note that the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Jews without distinction between combatants and civilians. If the Jews do not kill all the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Arabs will kill all the Jews. The State of Israel must obey God, and fulfill His commandments that are in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18.
    The State of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, because it is written in the Torah, in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism. Moreover, the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Israeli Jews, so that the Israeli Jews need to expel the Palestinian Arabs from the Land of Israel (Palestine), as self defense, in order to save their lives.

  20. ACS – No, it doesn’t come with a say. If that were true, then they would have a say in the muzzie countries, South American countries, Asian countries, and any country that they send aid to. And Israel not only repays those loans (and they are loans) yearly, 80% is spent on US goods.

  21. ACS – No, it doesn’t come with a say. If that were true, then they would have a say in the muzzie countries, South American countries, Asian countries, and any country that they send aid to. And Israel not only repays those loans (and they are loans) yearly, 80% is spent on US goods.

  22. I cannot believe the trash this coming out of the insane, the insane, the f n insane as the ones that are Muslims are unfortunately no where as smart or resourceful as the Israel and that makes no sense at all , to have a future where the more stupid…. push the earth to a better day…. so for me,, it is not religion, it is capability because I am not Jewish, I just know ‘STUPID” when I see it and smart when I see it…. how can the creator favor the stupid ??

  23. Lord have mercy, Prayers for our president that he keep his nose out of Israel’s business. Where does he come up with such nerve to order other nation’s leaders what they are to do or not. Hopefully, if they do wish to go into worship and not bomb Israel’s Holy place God will deal with them and they shall have an eye-opening encounter with Yeshua Ha’ Maschiach and be transformed. That would be such a blessing and treat to all concerned. Amen <3

  24. This is shocking, I’ve been trying to find more info on this (news soundbites), it sounds TOO ludicrous to be true….specific dates and quotes would help…otherwise this is just more divisive rhetoric and rumor spreading, which helps no one….btw I’m militantly and PROUDLY Jewish…

  25. What will the American Jews do when over 72% of their eligible voters voted for Obama and the rest of the Demoncrats? On top of that, these same Jews donated hundreds of millions of doll to the Demoncratic War Chest. The Jews are their own worst enemy…some things just never change.

  26. I would like to put in my two cents on something: The media consistently refers to "Haram al-Sharif" – so call by Muslims, and to the "Temple Mount." – so called by us Jews. Why not refer to "The Noble Sanctuary" – so called by Muslims, and to the "Har HaBayit" – so called by us Jews?
    By honoring the Arabic name and ignoring the Hebrew name, the media, whether inadvertently or not, gives credence to the Arab claim over the area, to the detriment of the Jewish claim. Moreover, the Jewish Press ought not, blindly, to use such usage as captions, simply because they were supplied by other media services.

  27. sorry Obama does not give orders to tell Israel what to do he has no authority over Israel either I think its time to close the doors on Washington and defy them, because temple mount is jewish site because the temple was there in 70 AD when it was destroyed there at the site. Obama says that the third temple to built is illegal he is a damned liar. he hates Christians jews and is a Islamic himself he is now an enemy of America someone better get up there and tell Washington time to clean up and get rid of them idiots who don't care about helping jews or Christians gee they need to be fired now not later I think Netanyahu needs to tell Obama to back off and stop this madness and evacuate all the jews out of US to Israel all of the jews and take the Israeli land back for all of the jews as its given to them they have claim to that land all over Israel once jews are gone from US Israel can tell US Washington sorry you turned your back on Israel and love and supported Palestinians and islam you are enemy to jews and Christians now Christians want to leave America because of danger is now brewing over here in our own backyards

  28. Kerry's comments and psaki's echoing of them..w re concerned,, incitement,,,are tired.. The difference here was 2,there was a string [rare[ unitd stand amongst the major political parties 2O as a result Kerry began to demand changes from Abbas as well as the Jordanian Waqf. And then just as progress was being made,,Netanyahu capitulated. Israel is a small country, Feiglin should chsllenge Nrtanyahu or onr of his supporters to a televised debate

  29. He has been giving orders to Israel as have other presidents, but not quite to the level he had, He assumed that
    – he could pressure Israel into caving in
    – if that didn't wok he could manipulate the Israeli elections. Failed on both accounts.

    His ability to assess reality or interest in doing so is limited

  30. Yonit Gefen Israel NEVER should have returned anything.. They trusted.. Never should have .. All went ok with Egypt and the Sinai.. but the Palestinians.. just turned to Hamas.. Bad move.. Everyone should trust Israel to make their OWN decisions.. it's their country.. and they must defend it

  31. The people leftist Jews, are Democrats first and Jews second. Based on assimilation rates, they will no longer be Jewish in a generation., In two there will be less than a million in the US. There is no unified Jewish "we" that is it's own enemy

  32. No logic to this, Consider this solution for those who claim they want "peace" that would work. Population exchange. Muslims go to some Sharia country where they can happily practice terrorism. Christians come to Israel. Watch the world prevent this but they should be shamed. If there aren't enough Chritians, add Yazidis , Kurds, populate Sinai as a benefit to Egypt and Israel, getting rid of smugglers who cut up bodies and sell them. Outnumber terrorists.

  33. Like politicians do. We so very much appreciate all of your extremely generous contributions to our welfare and efforts to insure out survival [ The sarcasm would be lost]. Given your own internal problems, we wouldn't feel morally correct in accepting any money from you. Of course this will i way change that very special relationship between out two people. [which is obviously incorrect]

  34. ebolabama and his gang MUST stop meddling in Israel's politics – ebolabama MUST stop meddling – ebolabama MUST stop meddling!!! It is impossible to go on this way! this gangster MUST stop meddling and Israel must do systematically the contrary of what he wants. About the Temple Mount, access MUST be closed to arabs FOR EVER and the wakf people sent to jail. This way ebolabama and his gang will know he will get the contrary of what he demands as of now! Israel should not even reply to him otherwise than by ACTION! In case of intifada,Israel MUST expell all arabs and let ebolabama and his gang sing a song by himself!

  35. If Jews cannot visit and pray at the Temple Mount in peace, nobody should. While the State Department may just be trying to keep all hell from breaking loose, their desire to maintain the "status quo" shows that the US has aligned itself against the Jewish people and Israel, which is bad news for the United States. And I'm sure as time goes on, more nations will do the same. You have to be careful about demolishing that mosque though – doing so will stir up hornets' nests all around the world. When that happens, Israel will be facing legions upon legions of zombies.

  36. Obama will be gone in two years and the politics will kiss and make up. The issue is the POTUS and his Kenyan lineage. Not a lot different than the southern baptist convention. Bibi should just be cool, ignore the POTUS and just do what is best for Israel. Never forget, no one will cover our tucheses but us.

  37. And the real SHAME of this is, the president's cousin-in-law is a RABBI! It has BEEN time to remove the abodah zarah from the Mount. Somebody in Newark, N.J. will get "told about it", the next time I am mistaken for a Muslim, just because I am a "black" man with a beard, and not bare-headed!

  38. Isn't it a shame that indeed the majority of the Jews in this country voted for Obama and have given Millions to the Democratic party. What happened to the brains of this misguided bunch? Being indoctrinated by a polished speaker (remember the other one?) and then follow the self proclaimed ? like sheep is rather disgusting. I wonder what will wake them up? Many of my family are holocaust survivors (many gassed), and they are still leftists? I'm truly horrified!

  39. In courts room. if you face the judge with your back, its counted as disrespect. The terms trodden down below imply great disrespect. In the picture of this article clearly show the people have their back side towards Jewish most holy place. But that disrespect will and shall come to an end.

    if Jewish G.D is true, below prophecy will happen, if Muslims god is true than he will stop that from happening.

  40. Alan Kardon There is nothing new when it comes to the Jews who hate themselves so much that they are willing to see the only democracy in the Middle East fail and be subdued. The Jews are their own worst enemy. Israel is a pariah state, and the Israelis know this as well as the entire world. If they were not, the Israelis would have liquidated the Muslim savages a long time ago. Israel refuses to do this and instead is willing to see its people murdered and kidnapped. Some things just never change. Obama is correct when he tells Netanyahu to either " or get off of the pot"

  41. Andrew Gluck i wish more than words can ever say that we could impeach the whole lot of them.
    i get so sick of us being the bully on the block .
    we screach disarm unnuke but do we ?,,, nope
    we spend billions giving arms to enemys such as
    muslims isis excetra.
    take a rally good look at the wepons being used by the squatters(plaistine) sp? there made by the us.
    we can deny it till the cows bark but you know its the truth.
    makes me sick and truly grateful that i wont be on this mud ball much longer

  42. POTUS; how about easing off kissing the butts of the Islamic world. When you begin to treat the ally of the USA as an ally; perhaps then you may make suggestions how Israel MUST behave towards an enemy.I congratulate BIBI . His actions defending Israel vis a vis the Islamic world are a pleasure to witness.

  43. The Jewish State of Israel is not the 51st state of the USA!
    America is getting increasingly meddlesome in the affairs of the Sovereign State of Israel!
    This is unacceptable.
    This US administration is seriously undermining the time-tested relations of the two friendly nations, who mutually benefit from it.
    Israel WILL prevail!!!
    Watch it, USA…

  44. Most of the rest of the nations are already there…the U.S. is the one major hold out, but that has been changing since this transient has been in the white house. It's just a matter of time, now, before Israel is outwardly betrayed; the kiss of Esau/Judas…

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