The al-Aqsa compound director said that the Waqf “will never accept” the building of a new compound at the Kotel. The Waqf’s opposition, which is rooted in claims of violating the status quo, is expected to create an obstacle for the Israeli government’s execution of its decision.







Women of the Wall (archives)

Women of the Wall (archives) Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The Waqf, which is the Islamic authority that oversees the Temple Mount is Jerusalem, opposes the Israeli government’s decision to build an egalitarian compound at the Kotel, which will be used by the non-Orthodox Jewish movements.

The new compound is planned to be built near Robinson’s Arch, where the current prayer site “Ezrat Yisrael” is located, but the Waqf is seriously opposed to the plan.







Women of the Wall (archives)

Women of the Wall (archives) Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

“We will never accept it,” said al-Aqsa compound director Omar Kiswani to an AP reporter. According to Kiswani, he even turned to the Israeli Police Department regarding the matter and is considering additional measures.

The firm opposition of the Waqf is expected to challenge Israeli government’s decision execution, which will also allow the continuation of the Women of the Wall organization’s activities.

The Israeli government’s decision was also opposed by ministers Aryeh Deri, Yaakov Litzman, David Azulai, Ze’ev Elkin and Uri Ariel.