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October 20, 2015 6:24 am

Kerry Rejects Call for International Presence on Temple Mount

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there is no need for international presence on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount holy site. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected calls for an international presence on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount holy site.

“We don’t contemplate any change, but nor does Israel,” Kerry told reporters in Madrid. “Israel understands the importance of that status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in.”

“We need to have clarity,” he added.

France recently introduced a proposal at the United Nations to have an international presence on the Temple Mount to ensure the status quo at the site. But both Israel and Jordan rejected the move.

Kerry plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in Berlin, and will also meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman.

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  • Sherlock Holmes

    Muslims say that the presence of ‘infidels’ desecrates their Islamic sanctity. Have we forgotten that the Saudis who gave us 9 / 11 were protesting ‘infidel’ American soldiers stationed in the Islamic holy land of Saudi Arabia? Jerusalem was sanctified when King David conquered the city more than 3,000 years ago, and subsequently consecrated by Christian and Muslims conquerors. Today the main claimants to the Temple Mount are Jews and Muslims, in the persons of Israel and Jordan. The Israeli Supreme Court under Chief Justice Aharon Barak ruled that Jews have a legal right to ascend the Temple Mount and to pray privately. The Israeli govt has repeatedly cnfirmed that it has no plans to change the status quo contrary to falsifiers like BBC Panorama on the Jerusalem light rail.

  • Emanuel

    You make a mockery of our great nation, continually. So who is calling for a change to the status quo on the temple mount? Because right here at 8:50 we have John Kirby YOUR spokesperson lying saying Israel wants a change:

  • Jonah

    If this man purports to represent clarity the world is doomed.