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‘Unacceptable’: Biden Administration Opposes Jewish Prayer at Jerusalem Holy Site

Visitors gather near the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Visitors gather near the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Biden administration says it would be “unacceptable” for Israel to end the restriction on Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount and it would oppose any effort to disrupt the “historic status quo” that only allows Muslims to pray at the site. The stance is a blow to diplomatic relations between the United States and the newly installed Israeli government and signals the Biden administration intends to call out the Jewish state on issues other administrations might address behind closed doors.

When asked by the Washington Free Beacon this week if the Biden administration would back changes proposed by conservative Israeli leaders that would allow Jews to pray at the holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews, a State Department spokesman said it is “unacceptable” for Israel to depart from longstanding policies.

“The United States stands firmly for preservation of the historic status quo with respect to the holy sites in Jerusalem,” the spokesman said. “Any unilateral actions that depart from the historic status quo is unacceptable.”

The Biden administration’s tough diplomatic stance is leading to concerns about a growing rift between the United States and Israel. President Joe Biden sparked criticism last year when he did not immediately phone Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election win, which observers saw as a sign of chilly relations between the world leaders. The Biden administration also launched an FBI investigation into the death of a Palestinian-American journalist, despite Israel and the State Department determining the killing was accidental. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was also dispatched in early December to headline a conference organized by J Street, a leading anti-Israel group working to oppose Netanyahu’s government.

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