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Palestinian official comes under fire over Jerusalem comments

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14.06.2017

Senior Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub has found himself in hot water for comments he made June 3 on Israeli TV Channel 2. Rajoub, a top leader in Fatah, the main faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization and head of the Palestinian Football Association, came under ferocious attack for apparently suggesting Israeli oversight of the Western Wall as part of any peace treaty.

Agence France-Presse quoted Rajoub as having praised US President Donald Trump’s solo visit to the Western Wall as an attempt to appear not to have adopted a position on the holy site. Rajoub reportedly said in Hebrew, “He [Trump] went to the Western Wall, which we understand is a holy place to the Jews. In the end, it must remain under Jewish sovereignty. We have no argument about that. This is a Jewish holy place.”

The respected Paris-based news agency also reported Rajoub insisting that any future peace deal recognize the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque as belonging to the Palestinians. “It’s not yours [Israelis]; you need to stop talking about it,” Rajoub reportedly said, using the Hebrew term “Har Ha Bait” (Temple Mount). “The status quo since 1967, which was set by Moshe Dayan — I think we both need to aim for that.”

Rajoub's statement on the wall

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