Those olive twigs on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem must have amazing power.
After all, one American visitor, a U.S. congressman, picked one up and he and a companion congressman were immediately confronted by police and detained.
It identified the members of Congress as Republican Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado and David B. McKinley of West Virginia.
They visited the Temple Mount, only to be “detained by Israel police after an Islamic Waqf official, which administers the Temple Mount, lodged a complaint against them,” the report said.
“It appears that they violated some unknown rule when Tipton bent down to pick up a broken olive branch off the ground. His movement seems to have agitated the Waqf official who, apparently believing the congressman was bowing as if in prayer, set off the events that followed.”
The report bluntly explains what happened. They were