Benjamin Netanyahu and The Temple Mount

UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Friday, November 7 2014:

—>A typical Friday in Israel:

Early this morning, yet another missile was launched at the Eshkol region from Gaza. The IDF, in its usual Orwellian mode, rushed to  tell everyone that no missile actually hit Israel.

By mid morning, another tragic victim of the Wednesday terror attack in Jerusalem, 17-year-old Shalom Aaron Ba’adani, died of his wounds. He has already been buried–no Israeli government officials showed up at his funeral.

By early afternoon, following Muslim prayers, violent riots had broken out at the Temple Mount, the Damascus Gate, Ras al-Amud, Jebel Mukhaber, Sur Baher, Issawiyya, the Atara checkpoint, near Shu’afat, northern Ramallah, and the Qalandiya checkpoint.

By mid afternoon, gunfire had erupted in Judea and Samaria with an Israeli military vehicle being hit eight times, and an attempted infiltration on the Gaza border that was thwarted by Israeli soldiers.

As of this moment, riots are continuing in many locations.

—>As was mentioned in yesterday’s blog, the continuing Arab violence has brought about a resurgence of support for the late Rabbi Meir Kahane.

This is not to say that there has not been continued support for him and his ideas during the 24 years that have passed since the Rabbi’s assassination in New York at the hands of an Arab terrorist. Each year, a group holds a memorial service for Kahane in Jerusalem. This year’s service is taking place next Tuesday at 6 pm at Heichal David Hall near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station.

In advance of that service, several Jews were arrested today for merely putting up signs encouraging people to come to the service.

In addition to the announcement of the memorial, the sign includes a Kahane quote: "Secure the residents, don't oppress them!"

In addition to the announcement of the memorial, the sign includes a Kahane quote: “Secure the residents, don’t oppress them!”

So much for freedom of speech.

The reason that some people are now turning to Kahane is simple. He was remarkably prescient in predicting the course of events in Israel.

Here is another quotation (in addition to the one on the poster):

“We will be witnesses to an escalation of terror, to strengthened wars of attrition, and to extortion and concessions by the governments of Israel that are gripped by fear. We will be subjected to the horror of the threat of rockets aimed at the hearts of our cities, to the loss of our irreplaceable loved ones, and to the pressure of our U.S. ‘ally’.” 


The Temple Mount situation shows no signs of being resolved.

Part of the problem is what Rabbi Kahane described above–concessions of governments of Israel that are gripped by fear. How else can one describe the ongoing effort of the Netanyahu government to deny Jews basic civil and religious rights in an area of Israeli sovereignty which just happens to be the holiest place in Judaism?

The last 48 hours have seen PM Netanyahu falling all over himself in an attempt to make everyone happy about the Mount–everyone that is except the Jews who want to worship there.

First we had Netanyahu telling the EU new Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini:

“The Temple Mount is the site of the Jewish temple; it’s the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque; it’s close to the holy sites of Christianity. And we are committed to maintaining the status quo for religious access to all faiths. We stand by the rights of Jews to go to the Mount. They pray in the Western Wall, but they do have a right to go there. We stand by the right of Muslims to go to the Mount and pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They’ve been doing that for many, many decades and will continue to do that.”

First a few corrections for the normally historically precise Netanyahu. The Temple Mount is the site of two Jewish temples. Jews prayed at those temples for some 1000 years, and intermittently at the site of the destroyed temples for another 2000 years after that.  And to be completely accurate, the Muslims have been praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque for exactly 1323 years.

Second, Netanyahu’s clear, if fraudulent, message to the Europeans was that Jews have a right to go to the Mount, but no right to pray there.

(And by the way, isn’t it odd that Netanyahu resorted to “they” to describe Jews praying at the Western Wall, instead of “we”?)

Contrast Netanyahu’s statement to Mogherini with the fact that he apparently told King Abdullah of Jordan that he was considering a complete ban on Jewish entry into the Mount (as reported in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida–a report that the prime minister’s office has refused to deny).

The time has come for Netanyahu to get his act together and stop sending out mixed messages. More than this, the time has come for Netanyahu to realize that Israel is not a dictatorship; it is the prerogative of the Knesset to make laws regarding the Mount–with judicial oversight by the Israel Supreme Court.

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