Erosion of the Status Quo on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif – Latest Developments October 2022

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This paper summarizes alarming developments that took place during the recent Jewish High Holiday season, in October 2022, and that have further contributed to the erosion of the status quo on the Temple Mount/Haram a-Sharif.  It is important to note that these developments took place under the outgoing “government of change” and are likely to deteriorate even further under the incoming government. Expected members of the new government, such as MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, have long been active with the Temple Movements. Indeed, as part of his election campaign Ben-Gvir visited the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif several times in what was considered a very provocative stunt. This paper should, therefore, be read in accordance with these upcoming political changes and their implications on Jerusalem’s future.