Israel braces for reaction to proposed law that would allow Jews to pray in the grounds of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque.
Occupied East Jerusalem – Until a few weeks ago, most Israeli and Palestinian pundits dismissed the possibility of a Palestinian uprising in the near future.
However, a draft Israeli law granting Jews the right to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque esplanade – one of the three most holy sites in Islam – is forcing some observers to reconsider their previous assessments.
The draft law, which is being discussed in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, would designate “time and space” for Jews wishing to pray there.
The haram al-sharif, or “noble sanctuary”, has been an exclusively Islamic shrine since the Arab conquest of Palestine in the 7th century AD. But the mosque was built upon the Temple Mount, itself one of Judaism’s most sacred sites.