Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein says that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is part of Israeli territory so Israeli law applies there, including antiquities law and law regarding building and planning, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Kol Yisrael government radio. At the same time, he said the law had to be applied with extra sensitivity and pragmatism, due to its unique nature.
Weinstein's words were among instructions sent, last month, to legal advisors for the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Jerusalem municipality and the police. The instructions also said that in spite of the sensitivity, the authorities must constantly supervise the site to get a comprehensive picture of work being carried out there and protection of antiquities. He said the authorities should consult with him if they suspect violations of antiquities and planning laws.