Palestinians demand new UN chief apologize over remarks affirming Jewish links to Temple Mount

Antonio Guterres, the new secretarry-general of the United Nations, has come under fire for stating in an interview with 'Israel Radio' that "it is completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple."

Antonio GuterresThe former Portuguese prime minister, who took up the UN's top job earlier this month, added that there could be "no doubt" that Jerusalem was holy to all three of the major monotheistic religions. Guterres also said that he had no intention of pushing for a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, though he believed in the two-state solution and would assist in that goal if asked.

A Palestinian Authority official was quoted by the 'Jerusalem Post' as saying that Guterres' remark "ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aqsa Mosque of pure Islamic heritage" and added that the UN secretary-general had "violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs and overstepped his role as secretary general…and must issue an apology to the Palestinian people."

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO Executive Committee said that Guterres' statements undermined the trustworthiness of the UN as a body.

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Ronald Sevenster

Tue, 31 Jan 2017

Palestinian historical fraud knows no bounds. Their denial of the existence of the Jewish Temple is just ridiculous. How would the world react if a scholar denied the existence of Napoleon? Historical cademia all over the world should start a boycott of the Palestianians. They fully deserve to be ostracized.

Amy Gold

Tue, 31 Jan 2017

The Palestinians are insanely denying history. Islam didn't even exist when the Jews were at the Temke Mount.

Steven Horowitz

Tue, 31 Jan 2017

The Palestinians and arabs are trying and succeeding in lying and changing history to suit their needs. Anyone with an education and has read the Bible knows that Jerusalem was always Jewish and taken over many times by the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans who built their mosque over the Jewish Temple site. Passing UN resolutions still does not change history, just tries to remove any Jewish presence. Thank goodness Antonio Gutteres has an education.

Elaine Grae

Tue, 31 Jan 2017

Well, well. At last we have a Secretary-General who calls it as it is! Of course, he should not apologize - for what? For telling an inconvenient truth? Kol Hakavod (all honor) to him! It's time the Palestinian Arabs faced and accepted the truth.

Basha Kline

Mon, 30 Jan 2017

The Temple belonged to King Solomon, a Jew - the Al Aqsa mosque (which was originally a Copthal Christian church, was built on the top of the Temple...so, by the sheer law of physics, which one was first? Also there has been too many artifacts found by archeologists to prove such - there were no palestinians they come from Jordan, Palestine was the name given to Israel by the Romans...Antonio Guterres has no need to apologise.

Chuck Michaels

Mon, 30 Jan 2017

I would argue that Guterres is finally giving the UN some credibility.

Larry G R

Mon, 30 Jan 2017

CONGRATULATIONS Hon. Mr. Antonio Guterres, You are breadth of fresh air and will return decency and normalcy to the UN at last,
For all the nay Sayers, please check out our History books for the facts about the Jewish State of Israel and the undivided Capital, Jerusalem. It will be a place for all Religions and a beacon of light to the World. There were TWO Jewish temples built on this site that some are questioning....Israel...Jerusalem is and can a wonderful peaceful place for all its citizens and Neighbours regardless of their Faith. We all pray to the same G-d....We need to teach RESPECT and LOVE!. LGR

Darren Green

Mon, 30 Jan 2017

Hurray for the UN chief, who obviously is more knowledgable about history than the PLO.

bjhjfdvd

Mon, 30 Jan 2017

Dear senior Guterres,

your opinion about the temple is an alternative one and differs fron the known facts. Even Mzambic is no more a part of Portugal.

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