Recently we noted on these pages the lack of any follow-up from the BBC concerning a story it reported back in October 2015. That means that as far as BBC audiences are concerned, the information they were given in that article concerning Temple Mount still stands.
“Israel and Jordan have agreed on moves aimed at reducing tensions surrounding a prominent holy site in Jerusalem, US Secretary of State John Kerry says. […]
The steps he announced include round-the-clock video monitoring and Israel’s agreement to reaffirm Jordan’s historic role as custodian of the religious complex.”
That, however, is not the case.
“Jordan’s prime minister on Monday said his government had decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, derailing a US-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound.
Abdullah Ensour told the state-run Petra News Agency that Jordan was calling off the plan due to Palestinian concerns.
“We were surprised since we announced our intention to carry out the project by the reactions of some of our brothers in Palestine who were skeptical about the project,” he said. “We have found that this project is no longer enjoying a consensus, and it might be controversial. Therefore we have decided to stop implementing it.”
The decision came just days before the Jewish holiday of Passover — a time of increased activity at the site.”
Both Israeli and US officials have expressed regret regarding the Jordanian decision.
“Israel remains in favor of installing security cameras at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, even after Jordan reneged on the project due to Palestinian reservations, a senior official said Tuesday.
“Israel’s support for placing cameras on the Temple Mount remains unchanged. That’s because we believe in transparency,” […]
“It is regrettable that the Palestinian Authority objects to this idea. It’s clear that they don’t want repeated Palestinian provocations caught on tape,” the official said. […]
[US Secretary of State] Kerry hailed the agreement as an important breakthrough at the time. On Monday the US State Department expressed disappointment that the plan has apparently failed.
“We still see the value in the use of cameras,” said spokesman John Kirby.”
Despite the fact that the BBC has devoted so much past reporting to the topic of ‘tensions’ on Temple Mount – and is of course likely to do so in the future – it apparently does not find it necessary for its audiences to know that measures intended to reduce those tensions have failed – and why.