Worship by Jews at site cannot be prevented by force, says Yehudah Glick.
Temple Mount activist groups denounced on Sunday the recent diplomatic efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in support of the longstanding status quo on the Temple Mount in which Jews and other non-Muslims are banned from praying at the holy site.
Kerry held meetings on Saturday in Amman with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, and in Germany with Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the issue.
Netanyahu said during a press conference Saturday night that, “Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount.”
Organizations that have strongly advocated for Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism and a holy site for Muslims – accused Kerry and Netanyahu of breaching international and Israeli law in preventing Jews from praying there.