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UN Chief Antonio Guterres: ‘Completely Clear’ That Jerusalem Mount Was Home to Jewish Temple

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: Alchetron.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: Alchetron. – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it is “completely clear” that Jerusalem’s Temple Mount was home to the ancient Jewish Temple.

Guterres, who assumed office earlier this month, told Israel Radio last Friday that there is “no doubt” that Jerusalem is holy to all three Abrahamic religions.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Guterres said he has no intention of pushing for negotiations, but believes in a “two-state solution” and would assist in helping to attain that goal if asked to do so.

Guterres’ comments came amid ongoing international attempts to erase the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Last October, the UN’s cultural body, UNESCO, passed two Palestinian-backed resolutions ignoring Jewish and Christian claims to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Palestinian officials were quick to condemn Guterres’ remarks.

“[The statements] are a direct attack on the Palestinian people’s right in the holy city, biased in favor of the site of occupation, and akin to granting legitimacy to Israel’s illegal presence in Jerusalem,” said Fayez Abu Eitah, secretary-general of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, told China’s Xinhua News Agency that Guterres’s comments “ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aqsa mosque of pure Islamic heritage,” and “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs and overstepped his role as secretary-general…and [he] must issue an apology to the Palestinian people.”

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  • HannahW54

    Guess John Kerry owes the pals an apology too, for supporting “Israel’s illegal presence in Jerusalem”. Last seen, he was still advertising Jerusalem as a “shared capital” in the “two-state solution”.

  • Joseph Feld

    There is room for Jews, Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem. Let’s have a look at the facts of the census. In 1905 the population of Ottoman Jerusalem was 7,000 Muslims, 13,000 Christians and 60,000 Jews. By 1946 in British Mandatory Jerusalem there were 36,000 Muslims, 32,000 Christians, and 100,000 Jews. In 1967 Jerusalem had 11,000 Christians, 61,000 Muslims and about 200,000 Jews. Jerusalem was the focal point of Jewish faith, nationality and history from the time of King David about 3,000 years ago. Islam and Arabs arrived about 1,300 years ago.

  • Butseriously

    Its a 3-state. Churchill, 1948: “It will be a historic compromise to grant two states in Palestine – one for the Jews and one for the Arabs.”
    Never ending 2-states in the same land is an extermination doctrine that should not be supported.