Jerusalem / A Solution for the Old City:
The Temple Mount/Haram Al Sharif
The 37 acre Temple Mount/Haram Al Sharif is the most religiously significant and sensitive area in the Old City. Since 1967, the plaza has seen a tenuous status quo, jointly controlled by Israel and Jordan and administered by Jordanian Islamic religious authorities. In a compromise to prevent violence, non-Muslims are forbidden from praying at the site. However, real and perceived fears of changes to the status quo have sometimes led to violence in Jerusalem and elsewhere. At the same time, there is a small, but high-profile and growing movement in Israel to allow Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount.