Will the King of Morocco Get a Seat on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount? Kobi Gideon/GPO
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Will the King of Morocco Get a Seat on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount?

Making peace with Israel has put the Moroccan King in a position to fulfill a longtime dream of taking over Jerusalem’s holiest site.


The latest peace agreement between Israel and Morocco might introduce yet another player into Islam’s push to control the Temple Mount. Moroccan kings have always considered themselves defenders of Jerusalem’s Islamic holy sites. For this reason, in 1969, two years following the reunification of Jerusalem, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) was founded in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. On that occasion, the number one agenda of the OIC was to “liberate” the al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.

Today, the OIC includes 56 Muslim member states and claims to represent all Islam. With the Palestinian Authority, there are 57. One of the most important committees in the original OIC was the Jerusalem Committee, which only dealt with the liberation of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque. The Moroccan kings Hassan II and his successor King Mohammed VI chaired this committee. Now, with the normalization agreement with Israel, Morocco is moving to stabilize its political position regarding the al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Morocco has been signaling its interest in the Temple Mount,...


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