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  5/18/2014, Iyar 18, 5774

Minister: No Changes at David's Tomb


The Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee cancelled, Sunday, a meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss the status of the room above King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, outside the Zion Gate of Jerusalem's Old City. Public Safety Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch sent Committee Chairwoman Miri Regev a letter in which he said, "According to an update I received from the Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's Office, There is no intention to change today's status quo at David's Tomb complex and the room of the Last Supper and that applies to the time of prayers and everything else connected with it." Aharonovitch made it clear that "There is no intention to transfer any part of the above compound to the Vatican."

In his letter, Minister Aharonovitch noted concern that the committee's discussion could incite "extreme elements" with "a need to disrupt and interfere with" the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, which was the basis upon which he asked for the hearing to be postponed.

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