PM: Temple Mount cameras 'in Israel's interest'

Controversial decision to use technology to ban Jewish prayer at the holy site is a solution to terror, PM insists.

Shlomo Pitrikovsky ,

Measure intended to stop Jews 'illegally' praying
Measure intended to stop Jews 'illegally' praying
Temple Mount HQ

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has formally agreed to Jordanian demands to place security cameras on the Temple Mount, he stated in his opening remarks to his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, in order to uphold a ban on Jews praying at Judaism's holiest site. 

"I made clear in my talks with Secretary of State John Kerry that there will be no change in the status quo," Netanyahu began. "The Temple Mount will remain and will be managed as it is run now."

Netanyahu stressed that both Jews and Muslims will still be able to visit the Mount. 

He defended, however, his controversial decision to place cameras there - which critics say the Palestinian Authority (PA) is bound to exploit to spread false imagery to be used against Israel. 

"Israel has an interest in putting cameras in all parts of the Temple Mount," he claimed. "Firstly, to refute the claim Israel is violating the status quo (and) secondly, to show where the provocations are really coming from, and prevent them in advance."

He said, "I heard a positive response to what the Jordanian foreign minister said last night. I hope it will help calm things down, at least regarding the Temple Mount."

Netanyahu also addressed reports that an Israeli Arab parasailed into Syria, allegedly to join Islamist rebel groups there. 

"Last night at our borders, an Israeli tried to join the ranks of the enemy in Syria," he said. "We will revoke his citizenship. Whoever joins the ranks of the enemy to fight against us will not be an Israeli citizen."