Why is the Status Quo Necessary?
The Status Quo helps maintain the delicate balance of power that has existed in the sharing of Holy sites since 1757 to the present day. Previous versions of the Status Quo date back to as early as 1622. In addition, the Status Quo has been affirmed by every governing authority in the Holy Land since the time of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, through the British Mandate Period, when the West Bank was under Jordanian law. Since 1967, the Status Quo has governed the relationship between the State of Israel and the religious institutions of the Holy Land.