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A Familiar Illusion

Recently, Palestinian leadership claimed to accept Jewish sovereignty over the Western Wall. However, Israel Hayom's Nadav Shragai points out that the true Palestinian intent has come out - the belief that the holy site "belongs only to Muslims":

Mahmoud al-Habash, Abbas' adviser on religious affairs, drove the point home further over the weekend, in case any naive souls still remain among us.

"The Wall is Muslim Waqf, part of Al-Aqsa mosque ... and belongs only to Muslims. They alone will have sovereignty over it," al-Habash elucidated.

And the Palestinians? They won't give up "even one millimeter of the Wall or the sprawling plaza at its feet."

At best, if we are to accept Rajoub's own clarification, all we have here is Muslim willingness to tolerate our presence at the Western Wall and Jerusalem in general -- not as a sovereign entity or nation, but as a religion protected under Islam. This is precisely what was offered to us by the British Mandate during the "Western Wall tensions" of 1929: permission to use the Western Wall alley, or present-day plaza, sans recognition of our rights and sovereignty there. It is not for this that we founded a state.

At worst, and sadly more realistically, the Palestinians would happily boot us from the Western Wall plaza if they only could -- they openly admit it -- and rebuild the Mughrabi Quarter (or Moroccan Quarter), which we removed in 1967, around it. The residents of the Mughrabi Quarter, for those who have forgotten, desecrated the Wall by using it as a bathroom, with donkeys, other beasts and even people defecating at the site, and Jews were even charged a protection tariff for permission to pray there...

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