Mughrabi Bridge 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Rumors swirled on Tuesday night that the Mugrabi Bridge would be reopened in a
matter of days.
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One of the options is to have a fire truck stationed at
the Western Wall plaza, as the wooden structure is considered extremely
Fire trucks have difficulty accessing the area, but a truck
permanently positioned there would cut response time.
for its part, slammed reports in the Hebrew media that the bridge would be
opened this week, with structural changes to improve its safety or fire trucks
While the changes might satisfy the safety requirements from the
city engineer’s point of view, they would only provide a temporary solution to
an ongoing problem, the municipality said.
demonstrated by the Israeli government in dealing with the hazardous, ugly and
dilapidated bridge in the heart of the Western Wall plaza is quite unfortunate,”
a municipal spokesman said.
The spokesman insisted that the “proper
procedure” would be to replace the old bridge with a new ramp in the same
A senior official in the Prime Minister’s Office denied that a
final decision had been made about fixing or replacing the bridge, or possibly
opening another entrance to the Temple Mount for non-Muslims.
looking at different ideas to try to solve the problem,” the official said. “On
one hand, the bridge has to function, and the bridge at the moment is dangerous,
so in the interests of public safety it’s got to be repaired. On other hand
we’re very aware of sensitivities, and we want to do what we can to mitigate the
possibility that extremists would exploit the situation.”
MKs Uri Ariel and Arye Eldad and a group of right-wing activists plan to use the
Mugrabi bridge to enter the Temple Mount tomorrow morning.