Jerusalem (Al-Quds), 12 Muharram 1437/25 October 2015 (MINA) – The United States says that Israel and Jordan have agreed on steps, including 24-hour video surveillance, to try and help end weeks of violence over a Jerusalem site holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Protests against Israel’s ongoing occupation broke out last month amid growing unrest triggered by Israeli incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound the third holiest site for Muslims and have taken place across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and in Palestinian communities in Israel.
Speaking in Amman after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah on Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel had embraced “an excellent suggestion” by the king, for round-the clock monitoring of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
King Abdullah is the site’s custodian.
Kerry said Israel had also given assurances it had no intention of changing the status quo at the compound in occupied East Jerusalem, home to Al-Aqsa Mosque and another Islamic icon, the Dome of the Rock, Aljazeera quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Jews perform religious rites at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known as the Temple Mount in Judaism.
In a detailed statement, Netanyahu said Israel recognised “the importance of the Temple Mount to peoples of all three monotheistic faiths, and reaffirms its commitment to upholding unchanged the status quo of the Temple Mount, in word and in practice.”
He echoed Kerry’s statement that Israel would enforce its long-standing policy under which Muslims may pray at the site but Jews, Christians and members of other faiths may only visit but not pray, and that Israel had no intention of dividing up the compound.
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)