Lapid: Temple Mount status quo to remain, no plans to divide holy site

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Lapid: Temple Mount status quo to remain, no plans to divide holy site
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By LAHAV HARKOV, OMRI NAHMIAS
Published: APRIL 24, 2022

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday expressed discomfort with the policy against Jews praying on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, even though the Israel Police is instructed to enforce that ban. “I don’t feel comfortable [with] the idea that Jews don’t have freedom of religion in the State of Israel and that Jews are banned from what they think is a holy site,” he said in a briefing to the foreign press. At the same time, Lapid said police have “strict instructions... to make sure the status quo remains, and the status quo means Muslims can pray on the Temple Mount, and other religions cannot.”

“There is no change,” he said. “There will be no change. We have no plans to divide the Temple Mount between religions.” Israel’s policy is to maintain the status quo, Lapid said. He denied that the police have turned a blind eye to quiet Jewish prayer at the site, despite copious documentation of even groups of Jews praying together on the Temple Mount in recent years.

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