Likud MK Moshe Feiglin has called for an end to this prejudicial nonsense. In a letter to Israel Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino, Feiglin challenged objected to Muslim preferential treatment and their decision to hand contro over to the Waqf trust.
He cited a statement from 1968 by Israeli cabinet minister Yaakov Shapira, in which he explicitly says that: “We [the government – ed.] never announced that the Temple Mount belonged exclusively to the Arabs. We did not announce that it was forbidden for Jews to pray there, [and] we did not announce that it was forbidden for Jews to erect a synagogue there.”
In response, Brigadier General Paul Gordon, legal counsel to Israel’s police force, claimed that the policy of Muslim control over the Temple Mount was a government decision taken immediately after the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967. Faiglin demanded to see the policy decision.
“Since I am not aware of any such government decision since 1967 to grant control over the Mount to the Waqf, I request that you supply me with a copy [of the decision,” he retorted. In fact, the exact opposite is true, Faiglin claimed.