UPDATES 8 pm Israel time, Sunday, August 11 2013:
*Your humble servant is posting israelstreet this evening instead of the usual morning time after a long day spent in Judea and Jerusalem. Tomorrow’s blog will focus on that trip.
*PM Benjamin Netanyahu was admitted for hernia surgery last night but is due “back on the job” by the end of the week. The cynical scuttlebutt around the country is that he planned his surgical procedure so he could be out of the office when the announcement is made about which terrorist murderers he has agreed to release.
*There have been skirmishes on the Gaza border over the last 24 hours. At least one terrorist infiltrator has been killed and another has been shot.
While your humble servant was at the Knesset today, MK Miri Regev of the Internal Affairs and Environmental Committee held hearings on the recent fiasco at the Temple Mount.
Regular readers of this blog know that no Jew was allowed on the Mount on Tisha B’Av or during the last 20 days of Ramadan. This unprecedented discrimination against Jews–perpetrated by Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the Jerusalem Police–has shocked almost everyone in the country.
The hearing today was illustrative, however, of just how ridiculous the situation here has become.
First we had the ludicrous spectacle of MK Dov Hanin declaring that he supported the government restriction against Jews: “Any injury to the status-quo can have a catastrophic effect and affect the political dialogue with the Palestinians.”
So do you understand this dear reader? Israel can no longer exercise Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount and protect the religious freedoms of Jews because the “political dialogue with the Palestinians” might be harmed. Unbelievable. And, oh by the way, Netanyahu and the Jerusalem Police did change the status quo.
But wait, there was more. Commander Moshe Barkat, speaking for the police, told the committee hearing that the Netanyahu government policy is to facilitate the entry of Palestinians from the West Bank into Jerusalem in general and to the Temple Mount in particular.
And, Barkat continued, the policy has been so successful that the number of Muslims has increased dramatically to “tens of thousands” on any given day of Ramadan and “hundreds of thousands” on Fridays. Because of this increase, the police “evaluated the situation” and determined that Jews could not be permitted on the Mount on Tisha B’Av and the last ten days of Ramadan–because these days are so sensitive to Palestinian Muslims.
Pardon your humble servant as he throws up and is unable to continue.