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A Surrender to a Few Extremists

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Despite all the sensitivity to the Jewish link to the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av, the decision by the police and the political leadership to open the gates of the mount to allow Jews to ascend yesterday was a surrender to a small extremist group.

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Yesterday Tisha B’Av fell on the same day as the Muslim feast of the sacrifice, Eid al-Adha. According to the status quo that has been established over the last few decades, the Temple Mount is closed on Muslim holidays to Jews and other non-Muslims. This is out of respect for the fact that the mount is a central place of worship for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Jerusalem, and millions in the West Bank and Gaza. And out of concern that allowing Jews to ascend on such days will lead to violence and to a blow to relations with Arab and Muslim countries.

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