International Observers on Temple Mount?

A senior diplomatic source told Arutz Sheva on Saturday night that the French proposal published over the weekend, according to which international observers will be posted on the Temple Mount to maintain the status quo, is "unfounded at its core."

According to the source, Israel is working together with the US and other sources to thwart the French proposal at the UN. He noted that "Prime Minister (Binaymin) Netanyahu instructed national security adviser Yossi Cohen and the Foreign Ministry to protest the biased and unfounded phrasing of the French proposal."

The source said he expects France to condemn the way in which the Jordanian Waqf – which continues to enjoy de facto control of the holiest site in Judaism – manages the Mount and allows Arab rioters to hurl explosives at police and harass Jewish visitors, instead of submitting such proposals.

"Those who brought in explosives and shot fireworks are the Palestinians who turned the Temple Mount into a terror storehouse, and they are the ones who tried to change the status quo," he added. "Israel is protecting the status quo and is obligated to it."

The current status quo at the Temple Mount sees the Waqf ban Jewish prayer, despite Israeli law stipulating freedom of worship.

According to the status quo Jews are allowed to visit the Mount, reminded the source, noting that according to the 1949 Armistice agreements there was an international obligation towards Israel to allow Jews to visit – an obligation that was not acted on until Israel liberated the Mount in the 1967 Six Day War.

Referencing last Thursday night's arson at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus), Samaria, the source said the incident "testifies to what would happen to the holy sites if they were not under the control of Israel."

"Just what happens in Tadmor, in Iraq," he added, noting on Islamic State's (ISIS) destruction of ancient historical sites.


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