Meir Ben-Shabat, Israel’s national security adviser, is holding talks with the Jordanian government on a solution to the dispute over the Golden Gate. This ancient Temple Mount gate building has been shuttered for 16 years. Now the Islamic religious authority, the Waqf, has tried to open up the structure for holding prayers. Israel has prevented this on the grounds that it violates the status quo for religious sites in Jerusalem and has taken into custody Waqf officers in breach of this inter-religious accord. The Waqf then called for a mass demonstration at Al Aqsa on the coming Friday. Israel and Jordan have agreed on the need to avert further disturbances at a shrine sacred to three faiths. However, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stresses that the Golden Gate cannot be seized for conversion to another mosque.