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Senior PA official pans Bennett’s ignoring of Temple Mount status quo

Israeli police accompany a group of Jews touring the Temple Mount on May 5, 2022, as the Jerusalem holy site was reopened to non-Muslim visitors. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Israeli police accompany a group of Jews touring the Temple Mount on May 5, 2022, as the Jerusalem holy site was reopened to non-Muslim visitors. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Senior Palestinian Authority official Hussein al-Sheikh slams Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s comments that Israel will make its own decisions concerning Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

“This does not recognize the historical status quo, and violates the Jordanian Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites in East Jerusalem,” says al-Sheikh, one of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s closest advisers.

During this morning’s Israeli cabinet meeting, Bennett said his government will make its own decisions regarding Jerusalem and the Temple Mount without any “foreign considerations.”

“We certainly reject any foreign interference in the decisions of the Israeli government,” Bennett said.

“Of course, the State of Israel will continue to maintain a respectful attitude toward members of all religions in Jerusalem,” Bennett said. “A united Jerusalem is the capital of only one state – the State of Israel.”

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