The U.S. Embassy in Yerushalayim on Tuesday said a doctored aerial image in which the Muslim Dome of the Rock was replaced by a depiction of the Bais Hamikdosh in Yerushalayim was unknowingly “thrust in front of” U.S. Ambassador David Friedman for a photo, during a visit to a non-profit that works to integrate children with learning disabilities, Times of Israel reports.
“Ambassador Friedman was not aware of the image thrust in front of him when the photo was taken….U.S. policy is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” the embassy said.
The non-profit apologized “from the bottom of our heart” for the “cheap political act” of an employee.