The Dangerous Creep Toward Palestinian Control of the Temple Mount


Last Thursday, the status quo on the Temple Mount was subtly changed: Jordan admitted several high-level Palestinian officials to the Islamic Waqf, the organization that oversees the day-to-day running of the religious compound.

Traditionally, the Waqf was operated solely by Jordan-aligned officials as directed by the Oslo Accords and implied in the 1994 Peace Treaty with Jordan. Now, seven senior officials from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) and local Muslim leaders will be part of the 18-member decision-making body controlling the Temple Mount, arguably the most politically volatile location on Earth.

Already, we are seeing the dangerous fruits of this decision.