Temple Mount aerial from north 370.
A 2010 State Comptroller Report,
which is still considered classified in Israel, critiqued Israeli authorities as
negligent in protecting Temple Mount archeological areas from the Wakf Muslim
religious trust that administers the mosques in the area, according to a recent
report by an American media outlet.
The Jewish Voice said that the
comptroller report “reveals the terrifying truth about the Israeli conspiracy to
relinquish control of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to hands of the Muslim
No such grandiose plot appears in the Hebrew version of the
still-classified document published on the site, which is being reported on by
other Israeli media. But the report, mostly covering activities on the Mount
2001-2007, and as indicated by the Jewish Voice, does criticize the Jerusalem
Municipality, the police, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the state
prosecution for negligence relating to law enforcement toward Wakf
The Wakf, affiliated with Jordan, essentially runs activities
in the mosque areas of the Temple Mount on an autonomous basis, though Israel
still maintains sovereignty and occasionally sends security forces into the area
to restore order.
Earlier Sunday, a spokesman for the state comptroller
refused to comment on the contents of the report citing that it was still
While one media outlet reported that a debate was held in the
past year in a subcommittee of the Knesset State Control Committee about whether
to reconsider declassifying the report despite the decision to classify it in
2010, a spokesman for the committee denied that any such debate had taken
The spokesman said that he had no knowledge of the report’s
contents and an additional Knesset source did not respond to inquiries prior to
Later Wednesday, the comptroller published a letter
complaining about the publicizing of the report on the site and referring the
issue to the attorney- general.
The site’s summary of the report on the
site accuses the government of calling the report classified on national
security grounds in order to cover it up from public consumption since the
report’s contents would embarrass the government.
The summary implies
that in 1999 the Wakf ruined certain First and Second Temple artifacts that it
excavated to build a large underground mosque where King Solomon’s Stables are
suspected to have been.
Much more recently, the summary of the report
says that the Antiquities Authority did not ensure that Wakf excavations were
performed carefully and that municipal officials were sometimes not even present
to enforce regulations during Wakf construction.
Next, the summary says
that only the police were present during Wakf excavations, but that the police
were overly passive, permitting the Wakf unregulated autonomy to preserve “good
The summary also says that the attorney-general
(referring to Menachem Mazuz who held the office in 2007 and his predecessors)
was criticized for hampering law enforcement by setting a procedure by which no
law enforcement actions would be taken to stop violations without his explicit
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