Israel to build new Temple Mount bridge

Monday, May 12, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

The Jerusalem Municipality this week approved plans to replace a damaged land bridge leading to the southwest entrance to the Temple Mount.

The Mugrabi Gate bridge was damaged in an earthquake last year, making it unsafe for the Jewish and Christian visitors for whom it is the only entrance to the holy site.

As repair efforts got underway, Israeli archeologists found stunning remains and worked to uncover and preserve those remains as the construction work continued.

However, the Muslim world erupted in wild hysteria, claiming that Israel was trying to undermine the foundations of the Temple Mount and bring down the mosques that currently occupy Israel's holiest site.

Work on the new bridge is expected to elicit a similar response.

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