Report: Israel Proposed PA Forces Guard Temple Mount

A Kuwaiti paper reported on Monday that a high level talk took place in the Palestinian Authority (PA) governmental seat of Ramallah, in which it was proposed that PA Security Forces be posted on the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism.

The covert meeting between a senior IDF source and a senior PA source in Ramallah was reported by the Kuwaiti paper Al Jarida, as cited by NRG, and was said to have taken place on Saturday.

In the meeting, a proposal to have PA Security Force officers dressed in civilian clothing stationed permanently on the Temple Mount was raised, according to the unconfirmed report.

Israel allegedly demanded that members of the Mourabitoun and Mourabitat groups who harass Jewish visitors to the site be kept off the Mount before the PA forces would be deployed.

The sources who spoke with Al Jarida clarified that from Israel's standpoint the groups are considered to be branches of Hamas in Jerusalem, as is the Islamic Movement in Israel.

In contrast to the report, an Israeli diplomatic source recently vowed that foreign forces would not be allowed to supervise the Mount or Arab majority neighborhoods in Jerusalem, saying, "there won't be a prize for terror."

The report is somewhat surprising given Israel's strong reaction against a French proposal to the UN Security Council last week, which calls to have international observers stationed at the Temple Mount.

Making the proposal to have PA security forces stationed at the Mount appear all the more questionable was an incident last Thursday night, during which the PA forces let over 150 Arab rioters burn the holy site of Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) before eventually stopping them

Joseph's Tomb was occupied and desecrated in 2000 amid the Second Intifada terror war, despite being designated for full Israeli control in the 1994 Oslo Accords. Since then it has been left under PA control.

While the PA promised in agreements with Israel that it would protect Jewish sites under its de facto control and allow free access to Jews, in 2011 Yosef Livnat was murdered at Joseph's Tomb by none other than PA policemen as he visited the holy site with fellow yeshiva students. Livnat was the nephew of former Minister Limor Livnat (Likud).


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