Did Israel Cave to Muslim Exploitation on the Temple Mount?

Jordan refuses to release Israeli guard wounded in embassy attack, and suddenly Netanyahu is acquiescing on the Temple Mount

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet on Monday suddenly reversed course and agreed to Muslim demands that Israel remove its metal detectors and security cameras from the entrances to the Temple Mount.

The issue, of course, was not really about metal detectors, which can be found at Muslim holy sites throughout the Middle East. It was about sovereignty over this particular holy site.

And many fear that Israel's acquiescence played right into the hands of those who deny any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.

Nor can it be ignored that Netanyahu's government seemingly allowed the Muslim world to exploit a terrorist incident to get its way.

The decision to remove the metal detectors came amidst mounting tensions with Jordan, the acting custodian of the mosques that occupy the Temple Mount, after a guard at the Israel Embassy in Amman was stabbed with a screwdriver by a young Arab man.

The guard shot and killed his attacker, along with a bystander. Jordanians demanded the Israeli be arrested, tried and given the death penalty for defending himself. But Netanyahu vowed to bring him home, insisting that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

The guard did indeed return home late Monday night, along with Israel's ambassador to Jordan.

Netanyahu's office vigorously denied a Channel 2 report that removing the Temple Mount metal detectors was a condition for the embassy guard being allowed to leave Jordan.

But most Israelis were unconvinced that the timing was merely a coincidence.

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