VIOLENCE AROUND AND ON THE ANCIENT SITE OF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE, THE 'TEMPLE MOUNT', HAS ESCALATED STEADILY FOR YEARS NOW.
LAST MONTH, THERE WAS AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON A JEWISH RABBI, YEHUDA GLICK, WHO WAS SHOT SEVERAL TIMES, STOMACH AND CHEST WOUNDS.
"The attack on Glick came after particularly heated clashes during the Jewish holidays last month. Masked protesters inside Al Aqsa, equipped with rocks and fireworks, battled Israeli police just outside the mosque, who responded with stun grenades. Israeli officials allege the violence is being organized by Hamas and other Islamist groups."
THIS FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF RECENT CLASHES OF STONE-THROWING MUSLIMS WHO VIOLENTLY ATTACKED NOT JUST TOURISTS AND JEWS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT BUT IDF SOLDIERS AND POLICE AS WELL.
WANDERING GANGS OF ARABIC TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN WHO ARE RANDOMLY ATTACKING PEOPLE NEAR THE TEMPLE SITE HAVE ADDED TO THE VIOLENCE AND TENSION. BOTH MUSLIM AND JEWISH LEADERS HAVE CALLED THEM "UNCONTROLLABLE".
"[THIS] is the most serious and prolonged period of unrest since the second intifada began waning nearly a decade ago. Glick, advocates the return of Jews to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and the most sensitive area in Jerusalem.
After the attempted murder of Glick and death of the would-be assassin, Israel closed off the entire Temple Mount.
"Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Israel's decision to temporarily close the site a 'declaration of war'."
Mustafa Barghouti, a senior Palestinian Authority official, issued a press release announcing that a third intifada was underway, and, in anticipation of the Muslim prayers on Friday, calling on the “Palestinian people as a whole to defend the Al Aqsa Mosque, the dignity of the Palestinian people, and their freedom.”
"'The attack on Glick and the killing of Mr. Hijazi mark the second serious incident in Jerusalem in a week. On Oct. 22, Abdul Rahman al-Shaludi drove his car into a crowd waiting at a light-rail stop on the seam between East and West Jerusalem, killing a Jewish baby. Israeli police shot him and he later died.'"
MANY JEWS ARE NOW CLAMORING FOR ISRAEL TO TAKE BACK TOTAL CONTROL OF THE TEMPLE RUINS AND ALLOW ALL RELIGIONS TO PRAY ATOP THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
“This morning on the Mount,” Feiglin continued, “I was surrounded by police security, while the Arabs were free to walk about. That is just one more way to see who feels at home on the Mount and who feels like an intruder. With G-d’s help, we will change that status quo,” he concluded.
Without control over the Temple Mount, Israel will lose its control over the rest of the Land,” said MK Moshe Feiglin after visiting the Mount on Sunday morning. “Even saying that Jewish return to the Temple Mount provokes violence encourages Arab violence. Pointing an accusing finger – even indirectly – at the victims of the violence instead of a wholehearted determined effort to deal with the perpetrators, empowers the terrorists. It shows the side from which the would-be assassin came that violence pays; it encourages continued murderousness.”
AFTER HIS VISIT TO THE TOP OF THE TEMPLE SITE, FEIGLIN IMMEDIATELY WAS FACED WITH DEATH THREATS, CYBER-STALKING ENSUED AND VIDEO APPEARING ON ISLAMIC WEBSITES SAID HE HAD "STORMED THE MUSLIM HOLY SITE".
SIMILAR THREATS WERE MADE AGAINST PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WHEN HE SAID HE MIGHT VISIT THE TOP OF THE MOUNT.
YES, THEY THREATENED A U.S. PRESIDENT!
LOOKS TO ME AS THOUGH IF A NON-MUSLIM SO MUCH AS BREATHES IT'S A "DECLARATION OF WAR".... A WAR THAT WOULD BE LOST....YET AGAIN!
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU HAS CALLED FOR CALM AND HAS SAID ISRAEL HAS NO INTENTION OF TAKING AWAY AUTHORITY FROM THE WAQF,
"Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev dismissed concerns that Israeli religious leaders will be given control over the site as “ridiculous” and insisted that the status quo would be “scrupulously” upheld."
SINCE THE ISRAELI VICTORY IN 1967 IN WHICH JERUSALEM WAS RECLAIMED AND JEWS COULD ONCE AGAIN PRAY AT THE 'KOTEL', THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HAS ALLOWED MUSLIM LEADERS CONTROL OF THE ACTUAL TEMPLE MOUNT. THOSE LEADERS HAVE FORBIDDEN JEWS AND NON-MUSLIMS FROM PRAYING NEAR THE AL AQSA MOSQUE.
ANYONE BESIDES MUSLIMS CAUGHT PRAYING ON THE MOUNT ARE ATTACKED AND ARE IN DANGER OF STONING, ARREST OR WORSE.
NOW, OR SO IT SEEMS, JEWS ARE MORE AND MORE LEANING TOWARD TAKING BACK CONTROL OF ALL OF JERUSALEM, INCLUDING THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
A GROWING NUMBER ARE EVEN CALLING FOR REBUILDING THE TEMPLE ATOP THE MOUNT.
SEVERAL GROUPS WITHIN ISRAEL HAVE EVEN BEGUN PREPARING THE HOLY VESSELS AND FITTINGS FOR A NEW TEMPLE, AND VESTMENTS OF THE PRIESTS, TRAINING YOUNG MEN TO TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRIESTHOOD, BREEDING ANIMALS FOR RITUAL SACRIFICE, AND HAVE HEWN THE CORNERSTONE FOR THE NEW TEMPLE.
THEY ARGUE THAT ISRAEL WON THE RIGHT, THE VICTORY, TO CONTROL JERUSALEM, THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND TO BUILD ATOP IT IF ISRAEL SO PLEASES.
DECADES OF PERSECUTION AND DISCRIMINATION OF JEWS WHO WANT TO VISIT THE TOP OF THE MOUNT HAVE PUSHED MANY IN THIS DIRECTION.
IF THE ARABIC NATIONS HAD WON A WAR WITH ISRAEL, WOULDN'T THEY CLAIM JUST SUCH A RIGHT?
TWO U.S. CONGRESSMEN WERE EYEWITNESS TO THE DISCRIMINATION SHOWN NON-MUSLIMS BEFORE THINGS GOT EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND REPORTED THEIR CONCERN UPON THEIR RETURN TO THE U.S. THIS PAST SPRING.
"[They] witnessed how Jewish groups are singled out and closely followed by “guards” from the Islamic Waqf trust which administers the site, as well as Israeli police officers, both of whom scrutinize their behavior for any signs that they might be engaging in Jewish prayers or any other non-Muslim form of worship.
Congressmen Andrew Harris (R- Maryland) and Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) were taken on a tour of the holy site in Jerusalem by Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute.
Congressman Andrew Harris expressed his concern at the lack of religious freedom on the site. “I’m actually surprised that access is so limited and especially the discrimination against Jews above any other religion in visits to the Temple Mount. It surprises me as an American, believing in religious freedom, that [such religious discrimination] would exist.”
THE INSISTENCE OF THE WAQF THAT NO JEW CAN PRAY ON THAT ANCIENT TEMPLE MOUNT, THE PLACE WHERE THE GRAND TEMPLE OF SOLOMON SAT, MAY HAVE COME BACK TO BITE THEM.
IF JEWS CAN ALLOW MUSLIMS TO WORSHIP FREELY ALL OVER ISRAEL, AND DID NOT INSIST ON A COMPLETE EVACUATION OF JERUSALEM BY MUSLIMS WHO LOST ALL WARS AGAINST ISRAEL, THEN IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE WAQF MIGHT RECONSIDER THE BAN ON ALL BUT MUSLIM PRAYER UP ON THAT "ROCK".
IF THEY CONTINUE AS THEY HAVE RECENTLY, WHAT CHOICE WILL THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HAVE BUT TO DISQUALIFY THE WAQF FROM MANAGING THE SITE?
IF FOREIGN VISITORS AND JEWS ALIKE ARE CONTINUOUSLY ATTACKED AND PERSECUTED FOR VISITING THE PLACE, SANITY AND PEACE WILL HAVE TO BE RESTORED SOME OTHER WAY, RIGHT?
THE "MUSLIM AUTHORITY" SHOULD RECONSIDER THE RESULT OF ITS BANS.
AFTER ALL, THE BLUEPRINTS DO ALREADY EXIST FOR THE NEW TEMPLE, AND, UNLIKE THE ISLAMIC BAN, THOSE WHO WANT THE TEMPLE REBUILT SAY ALL WILL BE WELCOME TO WORSHIP THERE, MUSLIMS INCLUDED.
WHAT A CHANGE THAT WOULD BE!