Sacred hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City lies at heart of Mideast tensions

November 12, 2014 6:15 PM

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Sacred hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City lies at heart of Mideast tensions

File - In this Dec. 13, 2013 file photo, the Western Wall, right, and the gilded Dome of the Rock, among the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow. The trapezoid-shaped compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, is at the heart of the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. It has been the site of recent unrest. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File) (The Associated Press)

JERUSALEM – A hilltop plateau of 37 acres on the eastern edge of Jerusalem's Old City is one of the world's most volatile pieces of real estate, a place so sensitive that police follow every move of visiting religious Jews, including whether their mouths are uttering prayers.

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