ISRAEL - No Foreign Interference Regarding Temple Mount

Arno Froese

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel will make its own decisions concerning Jerusalem and the Temple Mount without any foreign interference, in an apparent reference to statements by Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas.

“All decisions regarding the Temple Mount and Jerusalem will be made by the Israeli government, which holds sovereignty over the city, without any foreign considerations,” Bennett said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“Ra’am’s position in the coalition, as regards the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, will be based on the results of the joint Israeli-Jordanian-international meetings,” Abbas wrote.

An Islamic Movement official told The Times of Israel that Ra’am had pushed for the new joint Israel-Jordanian committee to resolve burning issues on the Temple Mount, such as reducing the Israeli police presence and expanding the Waqf’s authority.

According to the official, the committee was devised by Ra’am in consultation with the Jordanian monarch during Abbas’s visits to Amman.

At the weekly meeting, Bennett also addressed the capture of the two Palestinian men suspected of carrying out the deadly terror attack in Elad.

The Ynet news site reported that one of the two terrorists had left a will saying he was carrying out the attack “for the harm done to the Temple Mount.”

According to the status quo Jews can visit but not pray. However in recent years there have been multiple incidents of Jews muttering prayers at the compound, with security forces apparently turning a blind eye.

Palestinians and Israeli forces have clashed repeatedly at the Temple Mount over the past few weeks., 8 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

Prime Minister Bennett echoes the words Israeli politicians have repeated during the last few decades, declaring that Israel’s actions, decisions, and plans are solely their own, “without any foreign consideration.”

Mr. Bennett’s coalition government has the potential of collapsing. The Ra’am party is led by Mansour Abbas, who is an Israeli Arab politician and the leader of the United Arab List. Thus, Israel’s claim of sovereignty over all of Jerusalem is facing opposition. The problem gets even more complicated when several factions of Palestinians insist that no Jew should step on the Temple Mount. That intention is vehemently opposed by the bulk of Israelis.

Who owns the Temple Mount? Scripture states, “So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight. And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering” (1 Chronicles 21:25-26).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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