An Egyptian’s Forgotten Plan to Sell the Western Wall to the Jews

Jan. 16 2020

While Jews have worshipped at the Western Wall nearly continuously since the Second Temple’s destruction, Ottoman policy forbade any sort of formal congregational prayer. The British Mandatory authority tried to preserve the existing status quo, but during the 1920s the site saw periodic outbreaks of anti-Jewish violence. In August 1929, just after the bloody pogrom in Hebron, three proposals emerged for placing the Wall and the area in front of it under Jewish control. Two of these proposals came from Jews, but not the third, which until now has been forgotten. Steven E. Zipperstein writes:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mandate Palestine, Western Wall

Two Questions about President Biden’s Iran Strategy

Feb. 25 2021

Examining the State Department spokesman Ned Price’s remarks on Monday regarding Washington’s approach to the Islamic Republic, Elliott Abrams detects two crucial points on which the administration has been unclear. The first relates to Price’s comment that, “if Iran returns to full compliance with the [2015 nuclear] deal, the United States would be prepared to do the same.”

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More about: Iran, Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden