Fifty-three More Guards to the Temple Mount

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

To follow up from my last blog post, Jordan is really keeping the pressure on:

The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the Holy Sites of Jordan has decided to appoint fifty-three employees to work at the Jerusalem Awqaf...

According to press sources, the Jordanian staff will begin their work as of Sunday, with different functions included the imam and administrator, a translator and bodyguard and accountant and fireman and the muezzin and service plumber and cleaner and an electrician...

These appointments come as part of the Jerusalem program, which is part of the Hashemite custodianship of the Islamic holy places in Jerusalem, where the ministry holds the sponsor and the recruitment of staff and the imams and relay their positions on a daily basis to implement the noble Hashemite tutelage.

Stemming from a 1924 pledge, the Hashemites are entrenching their control and Israel is yielding.  Israel did not protest effectively the March 2013 PLO/Jordan Agreement which includes this:

D. Recalling the role of King Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali in protecting, and taking care of the holy sites in Jerusalem and in the restoration of the holy sites since 1924; recalling the uninterrupted continuity of this role by His Majesty King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who is a descendant of Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali; recalling that the Bay’ah (oath of allegiance) according to which Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali held the custodianship of the Jerusalem holy sites, which custodianship was affirmed to Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali by the people of Jerusalem and Palestine on March 11, 1924; and recalling that the Custodianship of the holy sites of Jerusalem has devolved to His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein; including that which encompasses the “Rum” (Greek) Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem that is governed by the Jordanian Law No. 27 of the year 1958;

E. The continuity of Hashemite King of Jordan’s custodianship of the holy sites since 1924 makes His Majesty more able to maintain the holy sites and to preserve Al Masjid Al Aqsa (Al Haram Al Sharif);

Any diplomatic negotiation lacking a push-back, a constant fine-tuning and a willingness to halt the process for a review is a process that not only will fail but seriously damage the weaker partner.

Israel is on the verge of declaring itself - and not those bothersome 'fanatics' of Temple Mount activists - non-deserving of any claim to the Temple Mount.