CABINET ORDERS CONSTRUCTION TO CONTINUE NEAR DISPUTED JERUSALEM SITE
JERUSALEM – Israel’s Cabinet voted to push ahead with construction work on a ramp leading to a disputed holy site in Jerusalem, despite objections from the Muslim world and violent Palestinian protests.
Tensions in the city have been high since last week, when Israel began work outside the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. The new walkway is meant to replace an ancient earthen ramp that partially collapsed in a snowstorm three years ago.
Arab leaders have accused Israel of trying to harm Muslim holy sites.