Jibril Rajoub, a top Palestinian official, reportedly conceded that the Western Wall should remain under Israeli sovereignty — but insisted the Temple Mount belongs to the Palestinians.
“We understand that the wall … is sacred to the Jews and ultimately it has to remain under Jewish sovereignty,” Rajoub said, according to Haaretz.
But Rajoub linked Jewish sovereignty over the Western Wall to Muslim control of the Temple Mount. “
The Temple Mount is ours, not yours, and I think you should stop talking as if it’s yours,” he said.
Rajoub said any attempt to disturb the status quo on the Tempble mount would “create an explosion.”
The ally of Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians were hopeful that President Trump can break the logjam and bring peace.
“I call on Israelis: Guys, it’s time to draw the correct conclusions, let’s do business,” Rajoub added.