Date: 22 January 2001

Israel Offers Joint Sovereignty Over Western Wall
And Other Sites With Palestinians

By Dr. Aaron Lerner


Israel Radio senior diplomatic correspondent Yoni Ben Menachem reported this morning that according to a senior source in the Israeli delegation to the talks at Taba, Israel offered the Palestinians yesterday for the first time, within the context of a "special authority" that would rule eastern Jerusalem, that the Western Wall would be included within the framework of the "special authority - namely joint sovereignty of Israel and the Palestinians" on all the holy places in eastern Jerusalem that are holy to the three major faiths.

Ben Menachem then read the following list of places that would be under joint Israeli-Palestinian sovereignty under the Israeli proposal: Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, City of David, Southern Temple Wall Excavations, Ophel, Archeological Garden, "Ma'alot Devorah the Prophetess", Shiloah Tunnel, the mosques on the Temple Mount, the churches - including the Church of he Holy Sepulchre in the Old City.

[Editor's Note: For the last 15 months the Palestinians have been desecrating the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. Massive construction work is being done that is destroying valuable archeological treasures of the Jewish people, including relics of the First and Second Temple. They have prevented Jews from praying on the Mount. Barak has turned a blind eye to this activity. Ask yourself: Are these the people you want to share sovereignty with?]


Dr. Aaron Lerner is the Director is director of IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis).

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