PM Blasts Calls for ‘International Observers’ on Temple Mount

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought to reassure the Israeli public once again Sunday, promising during the opening remarks to his weekly Cabinet meeting that the government is doing its utmost to fight terror through a variety of approaches. 

"We are facing the terror wave with a methodical and systemic approach – the consolidation of forces, the reinforcement of forces, taking steps to deter and taking steps to punish," Netanyahu began. 

"Today we are starting to take action against incitement, including against the Islamic Movement [in Israel] that is among the top instigator, and in particular against its financial resources." 

Netanyahu also reiterated Israel's opposition to a UN Security Council proposal in which France suggested 'international observers' be placed at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

"There is no mention of Palestinian incitement, there is no mention of Palestinian terrorism," he fired. "There is a call for the internationalization of the holy places."

"Well, we've seen what happens to the holy places in the Middle East – what has happened at Palmyra, what is happening around Iraq and Syria, and elsewhere – that radical Muslims are destroying each other's mosques, not to mention the Christian sites, world heritage sites, [and] Jewish sites."

"The reason the status quo has been violated is not because we changed it," he continued. "We didn’t change anything. The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last 15 years."

"The only thing that's changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist Movement in Israel and by Hamas, who are entering the mosque… and from there emerge and attack Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and Christian visitors. That's the only change in the status quo."

"Israel is not the problem on the Temple Mount; Israel is the solution," he concluded. "We're keeping the status quo, we're the only ones who will do it, and we will continue to do this in a responsible, serious manner." 


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