Good thing John Kerry is in Israel pressuring Israel to accept as a precondition to negotiations a return to the 1949 armistice lines with minor modifications.

That precondition is being held firmly by Mahmoud Abbas, who weekly receives encouragement, including the recent decision by the EU not to enter into any contracts with Israel that involve entities over the 1949 armistice lines. That includes the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the Western Wall, as well as many Jewish religious and historical sites.

That’s a prescription for security disaster, because the Israelis need to deal with people like this guy preaching on the Temple Mount (which stands atop the Western Wall) (via Times of Israel):

Hundreds of worshippers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque responded with cries of “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) to Imam Ismat Al-Hammouri’s calls for the destruction of America, France, Britain, and Rome, during a prayer gathering marking the start of Ramadan on Friday.

A video that was posted on the Internet on July 12, and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), shows Al-Hammouri inciting the crowd in the Old City with calls to conquer and destroy the enemies of the “Nation of Islam.”

“We warn you, oh America: Take your hands off the Muslims. You have wreaked havoc in Syria, and before that, in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and now in Egypt,” shouted the cleric to the enthusiastic replies of the crowd. “Who do you think we are, America? We are the nation of Islam — a giant and mighty nation, which extends from east to west. Soon, we will teach you a political and military lesson, Allah willing. Allah Akbar. All glory to Allah.” …

Al-Hammouri, … belongs to the Jerusalem-based Pan-Islamic Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) organization ….

Hizb ut-Tahrir was founded in 1953 and has an estimated million members across 40 countries.


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