As the age-old tussle for ownership and control of Jerusalem continues, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Temple Mount is indeed at the center point of it all. Although considered sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, the Temple Mount continues to attract attention from ongoing attempts to wrest it out of the grasp of all claimants to its Jewish heritage. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism. It’s believed to be the Biblical Mount Moriah, where Abraham fulfilled God’s test of his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. The Temple Mount has remained a focal point for Jewish services for thousands of years. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed.

The area is also revered in Islam (despite Jerusalem not once being mentioned directly by name in the Koran) and is considered to be its 3rd holiest site. It is this area of land that many Muslim leaders have used to incite Palestinians to violence with claims that Israel was drawing up plans to limit Muslim access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque or to advance plans to rebuild the third temple. Even the slightest suggestion of change to the status quo has caused Arab leaders to threaten bringing the issue before the UN. FULL REPORT