Netanyahu: Video cameras on Temple Mount serve Israel’s interests

At weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu discusses steps to ease tension at holy site; adds that he will work to revoke citizenship of Arab Israeli man who paraglided into Syria to join a terror group.

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“The LORDStrongs 3068: Yhwh; from 1961 (the) self-Existent or Eternal; name of God:—the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069
Strongs 1961: hayah, haw-yaw; a primitive root (compare 1933); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):—beacon, x altogether, be(-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, x have, last, pertain, quit (one-)self, require, x use.
Strongs 3050: Yahh, yaw; contraction for 3068, and meaning the same; Jah, the sacred name:—Jah, the Lord, most vehement. Compare names in “-iah,” “-jah.”
Strongs 3069: Yhwh; a variation of 3068 (used after 136, and pronounced as 430, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since elsewhere 3068 is pronounced as 136):—God.
doth build upStrongs 1129: banah, baw-naw´; a primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively):—(begin to) build(-er), obtain children, make, repair, set (up), x surely. Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.”
Psalms 147:2

Israel has an interest in placing surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount to debunk the claim that Israel is changing the status quo there, as well as to to show where the real provocations are coming form, and to stop them in real time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Netanyahu’s comments, at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, related to the the steps US Secretary of State John Kerry announced over the weekend in an effort to restore calm. These steps included an announcement by Netanyahu that Israel will continue to enforce its “longstanding policy” at the site, whereby only Muslims can worship there, while non-Muslims can visit.

Netanyahu told the ministers that he made clear to Kerry that there will be no change to the status quo, and that the site will continue to be administered as it has been.

“The visiting arrangements for Jews on the Temple Mount are preserved, and there will be no change,” he said, adding that the same is true of the prayer arrangements for the Muslims.

Netanyahu said that he was encouraged by the “positive response” of Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to his clarifications on the matter. “I hope this will help calm down the situation, at least regarding the Temple Mount,” he said.

Jordan’s official Petra news Agency quoted Judeh as saying that Netanyahu’s remarks were a “welcome step in the right direction.”

In another matter, Netanyahu said that Israel would work to revoke the citizenship of a 23-year-old Israeli Arab man who paraglided into Syria Saturday from the Golan Heights in order to join a Syrian rebel group.

“We are fighting against Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations all the time,” he said. “Those who join the ranks of the enemy to fight Israel will not have Israeli citizenship.”

Regarding the controversy surrounding his decision to remove the latest version of the controversial Jewish state bill from the agenda of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, the prime minister said that he was moving forward with the bill with the cooperation of all coalition partners, and in line with stipulations in the coalition agreement.

“We will pass the law,” he said.

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