Citing violation of delicate status quo statutes, the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court has given the Jordanian-appointed administrators of the Temple Mount 60 days to respond to its decision to re-close the Golden Gate compound.
By the Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Jordanian-appointed waqf council that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has 60 days to respond to the closure of a disputed compound near the Golden Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court said on Sunday.
The waqf has recently tried to change the status quo near the gate (also known as the Gate of Mercy) by convening in the closed area and holding prayers, but this led to a court-mandated closure. Continue Reading »
Although then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan shaped the status quo on the Temple Mount in 1967, PM Menachem Begin made important security adjustments.
• Since then, the status quo has changed immensely, mainly in favor of Muslims who openly wave Hamas or Islamic State flags there.
By Nadav Shragai
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who this week shepherded Israel and Jordan toward the first-ever formal written agreement on the status quo on the Temple Mount, doesn’t know it, but the first seeds of the much talked about Temple Mount status quo were sown about 48 years ago on another hilltop, Mount Scopus. Continue Reading »
WATCH: In Berlin, Netanyahu denied again Israel’s intentions at changing Temple Mount status quo, saying Palestinian leadership is propagating the exact same lie mufti of Jerusalem did when he supported Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’ during WWII.
* Palestinian resolution at UNESCO was attempt at changing status quo at Western Wall.
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday in an effort to help ease spiraling tensions and violence with the Palestinians
A senior official traveling with Kerry says the secretary would use the Germany talks to try to “change the tone of the public discourse” between Israel and the Palestinians and clarify the status of the Temple Mount, the holy site at the center of the tensions. Continue Reading »
For the very 1st time in Israel’s history, there’s coalition agreement without a demand to maintain the religious-secular “status quo.”
By Maayana Miskin, Chana Ya’ar
For the first time in Israel’s history, the new coalition agreement finalized and presented to President Shimon Peres on Saturday night does not include a commitment to the religious-secular “status quo.” Hareidi-religious parties are concerned, while the religious-Zionist sector celebrates.
The Status Quo agreements, instituted when the state was created, essentially state that the public observance of Jewish tradition will continue as it was in 1948, with no addition or decrease.
Among other things, the agreement means that cities that did not have public transportation on the Sabbath at that time will not add Sabbath bus lines, and marriage, divorce and conversion for Jews will remain under the auspices of the Rabbinate. Continue Reading »