Can Jordan Demand That Israel Stop Development of Jerusalem?
The Jordanian government has continued to challenge Israel’s sovereignty over its capital of Jerusalem. Of late, they have issued an official statement on behalf of the Jordanian foreign ministry, demanding that Israel stop any work at the Kotel (Western Wailing Wall). They claim that only the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic Religious Trust) has control over the entire Temple Mount area, where the ancient Israelites built the First and Second Holy Temples. Since Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has allowed the Waqf to administer the Temple Mount, the holiest place on earth for Jews. This was done in order to appease Muslims in hopes that the Arab world would once and for all conclude that peace with Israel is in the best interests of everyone. However, as has been well-proven over the decades since, the Muslim extremist governments that surround Israel have never been willing to negotiate a true peace. Instead, they continue to challenge Israel’s right to exist and demand that Israel divide and relinquish its capital. This can never be allowed. Israel must make their stance clear and strong… Jerusalem is the eternal unified capital of Israel!
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Rabbi Peretz: This is our answer to Jordan
Article Courtesy: Arutz-7 News
Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz visited the Mount of Olives Tuesday as part of his tours of historical and heritage sites across the country.
The minister was accompanied by Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, Rabbi Tzuriel Krispel, the Director of the Council of Cemeteries in Israel, Jerusalem Development Authority CEO Eyal Chaimovski, and professionals from the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry. During the tour they visited the graves of Rabbi Kook, Menachem Begin, and Shai Agnon.
“As part of the working plan I developed in the ministry, we will open heritage sites everywhere in the country. Here on the Mount of Olives, where our ancestors walked, where our prophets delivered their prophecies about Jerusalem, I say that we will invest and open more and more,” Rabbi Peretz said.
Addressing the demand of the Jordanian government that Israel halt all work at the Western Wall, the minister stated: “Our hold on Jerusalem is also reflected in the investment in tourism in these areas. All development in the area is the appropriate response to the Jordanians and all those who oppose our sovereignty in this city. We will install more camera, more lighting, and make this area accessible to everyone. There is a history and heritage here which every person in Israel and around the world should experience.”
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