PM delays demolition of bridge to Temple Mount in Jerusalem

November 27, 2011 20:53


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a last minute decision to delay the demolition of the Mughrabi Bridge due to Egyptian and Jordanian pressure, according to a Channel 2 news Sunday.

According to the report, Cairo and Amman warned Jerusalem that the destruction of the bridge, which connects the Western Wall plaza to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, would likely lead to "disruptions in the Hashemite Kingdom and [Cairo's] Tahrir Square."

The demolition plans were approved in March this year, and called for heavily deploying security forces near the Temple Mount, in east Jerusalem and near the Temple Mount itself, home to the Al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

According to the government plan, the bridge was meant to be demolished because it was deemed unsafe for continued public use, Channel 2 said.

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