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Monday, December 12, 2011

It's official: Mughrabi Bridge is closed

Jerusalem's city engineer has ordered the closure of the wooden walkway above the Western Wall Plaza due to safety issues.
The closure, which came earlier than expected, touched off a stormy reaction in the Knesset and among right-wing activists.

“Israel doesn’t know how to express its own independence in its own capital,” said Yehudah Glick, the founder and chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, which advocates for Jewish access to the site. He said that in the past, when construction caused the closure of the Mugrabi Gate, non-Muslim tourists and pilgrims were allowed to use the Chain Gate, one of the 12 entrances to the Temple Mount. Similar access was not granted on Sunday.

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) called for the immediate demolition of the bridge so construction of a safer alternative could begin.

“But even with this, it would be inconceivable if during construction Jews are hindered from going to the Temple Mount for even one minute, and the construction work should never be an excuse for this,” he said.

Glick and Ariel both called for the prime minister to work to find alternate routes for Jewish worshipers and tourists while the bridge’s fate is decided.

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At 8:08 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

This happened because Netanyahu was too timid to stand up to Arab threats and build a new bridge. Its not like he could have said "no" to them instead of "no" to a permanent bridge.

What could go wrong indeed


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