As soon as the stone from the Western Wall fell, Palestinian officials began rallying to exploit the incident by reviving their century-long charge that ‘the Jews’ were planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount in order to build their Third Temple.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The stone that fell from the Western Wall earlier this week proves that Israel has devised a plan to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a spokesperson for the ruling Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed on Thursday.
An Israel Antiquities Authority crane on Wednesday removed the 200-kg. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Security camera captures the Western Wall’s huge cut stone falling from above the egalitarian area, mere meters from a woman who was praying alone, unlike the day before, Tisha Be’av, one of the most crowded days of the year at the Kotel.
By TAMAR BEN-OZER
A large stone above the egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall) fell out of the 2000-year-old structure early Monday morning, shortly after the end of the fast of Tisha Be’av.
The egalitarian section, known as the “Ezrat Yisrael” prayer platform, has existed as a place for progressive Jewish prayer since 2000, but was substantially upgraded in 2013 by then-Diaspora affairs minister Naftali Bennett. Continue Reading »
Belgian model Marisa Papen poses naked at Judaism’s sacred place for backdrop, seeking to ‘break the walls’ for freedom, but takes much care not to capture the Temple Mount or the Dome of the Rock in her publicity stunt.
– WARNING: Viewer Discretion Advised
By Itamar Eichner
Belgian nude model Marisa Papen recently posed in full frontal nudity on the background of the Western Wall, the most sacred place to Judaism which is visited by hundreds of devout believers every day.
The artistic photos are currently displayed in the “Road to Liberation” exhibition at the Frank Rose Gallery in Knokke, Belgium. Continue Reading »
The Israeli cabinet approves the cost of Jerusalem’s tourist cable car, at an expected cost of $56 million, with its 40 cars carrying 3,000 passengers an hour across 1.4 km beginning in 2021.
Arutz Sheva Staff
On Sunday, as Israelis marked the 51st Jerusalem Day, the Israeli cabinet approved the proposal of Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud), to invest NIS 200 million ($56 million) – to be distributed equally between the Tourism Ministry and the Finance Ministry – in the construction of the tourist cable car project to Jerusalem’s Old City. The project will be implemented by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Continue Reading »
Jordanian Minister, “Israel must cease all such acts that offend Muslims worldwide and would only feed religious conflict and extremism in the region.”
By THE JORDAN TIMES
AMMAN (TNS) — Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani on Tuesday condemned an Israeli decision to allow a Passover Sacrifice celebration by activists and supporters near Al Aqsa Mosque, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
“Passover sacrifice” ritual at the foot of the Temple Mount – Sceanshot: Udi Shaham/The Jerusalem Post
Momani blamed the Israeli government for its “provocative and unacceptable practices [carried out] for well-known intentions.”
He said that Israel, as the “occupying power,” must comply with its responsibilities under international and humanitarian laws related to the safety and sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque and any properties of the Jerusalem Wakf Islamic religious trust, instituted by Jordan after Israel’s War of Independence, including the Umayyad palaces south of the mosque where the celebration was organized on Monday, stressing that the venue falls under the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Wakf Department. Continue Reading »
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, visit Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem wrapping up the Vice President’s first state visit to Israel, before their flight home.
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By David Rosenberg
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, capping off the Vice President’s first state visit to Israel.
The Pences at the Western Wall, Jerusalem 23, Jan 2018 – Screenshot: YouTube
Pence, a long-time backer of the Jewish state, arrived in Israel for his fourth trip on Sunday, which was originally scheduled for mid-December. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Transportation Minister Katz, “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to call the train station that leads to it after President Trump, following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
– WATCH video of station construction
By UDI SHAHAM, JPOST.COM STAFF
A new train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump, announced Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Tuesday.
“The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to call the train station that leads to it after President Trump following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” said Katz. Continue Reading »
When the 23 yr-old woman entered the men’s section of the Kotel, she was forceable covered and taken to a rest-room until she was escorted out of the Western Wall Plaza by police, for removing her clothes.
By David Rosenberg
Jerusalem police escorted a 23-year old woman out of the Western Wall Plaza Sunday morning after she removed her clothes.
Police and Western Wall Plaza guards covered the young woman up as she was removed from the area and taken in for questioning.
Witnesses say the woman suddenly began stripping in front of the Western Wall, prompting worshippers to notify plaza guards. Continue Reading »
The cost of Jerusalem’s express cable car is expected to be $55 million, most of which will come from the Ministry of Tourism, and the 40 cars will carry 3,000 passengers an hour across 1.4 km beginning in 2021.
By Itamar Eichner
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the government approved the cable car project in Jerusalem on Sunday, led by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.The cable car will provide a solution to the problem of difficult access to the Western Wall and will provide quick and convenient access to about 130,000 visitors and tourists visiting the Western Wall every week. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s visit to the Western Wall wearing a kippa, even without Netanyahu’s company, was a clear repudiation of the United Nation’s Palestinian initiated resolutions on Jerusalem.
By Israel Today Staff
When US President Donald Trump visited the Western Wall sporting a kippa (yarmulka), it was a clear affirmation that the site is as the Jews say – Judaism’s holiest shrine.
Netanyahu & Trump – Photo: Kobi Gideon/PMO
And, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently pointed out, that was a clear repudiation of the position recently taken by the United Nations.
During a Knesset session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s liberation of the eastern side of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Netanyahu stated:
Trump’s visit “destroyed UNESCO’s propaganda and lies.”
Netanyahu further insisted that with the city now reunited under Jewish rule, it will never again be divided. Continue Reading »
After unnamed U.S. diplomat questioned Israel’s claim to the Western Wall, Nikki Haley said, “I’m not real sure what happened with that issue, but I know they’re trying to fix that. … We’ve always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel.”
By Shlomo Cesana, Yori Yalon, Eli Leon, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
The Western Wall is part of Israel and the U.S. Embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday in an interview with CBN News, ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel next week. Continue Reading »
David Friedman, the new US Ambassador to Israel, speaks about Donald Trump’s position on the Western Wall, Jonathan Pollard, and the eventual relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke about the Trump administration’s stance on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I know that US President Donald Trump is speaking with all relevant parties on the matter before he makes his final decision,” Friedman said. “This is his decision and I will let him speak for himself, when he deems the time right.”
US Ambassador David Friedman’s first stop on the job in Israel was the Western Wall – Facebook screenshot
“I told him of my opinion, but mine is one of many. Continue Reading »
US Ambassador David Friedman, a practicing Orthodox Jew, drove to Jerusalem’s Old City with his wife & daughter, straight after his arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
US Ambassador David Friedman’s first stop on the job in Israel was the Western Wall, where a simple prayer at the Biblical site, turned into a lager diplomatic statement.
US Ambassador David Friedman, with wife & daughter at the Western Wall – Facebook screenshot
Friedman, who is a practicing Orthodox Jew, headed to Jerusalem’s Old City right after he landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
“It was a long trip. We are a bit tired, but we wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the Western Wall, straight from the airport” he said. Continue Reading »
White House issues prompt and decisive response: Remarks made earlier today by American diplomats in Israel that suggested the Western Wall is not part of Israel, “do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the President’s position.”
By Nitsan Keidar
The White House on Monday disassociated itself from remarks by American diplomats, who told representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office that the Western Wall is not part of Israel but rather part of the “West Bank”.
“These comments, if true, were not authorized by the White House. They do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the President’s position,” a White House spokesman told Haaretz. Continue Reading »