If you’re a Nazi (and I’m not accusing anybody), you probably have no problem with the policy that Jews are unwelcome at their holiest site.
Everyone else should have a problem:
Tuesday night saw an historic Knesset debate on the issue of freedom of religion and Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.
The debate was the initiative of Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, a long-time campaigner for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, where non-Muslim prayers are currently forbidden.
Feiglin attacked the discriminatory management of the holy site, which is under the de facto rule of the Waqf. Jews are often forbidden from entering and arrested for having religious or national symbols.
“Behind the back of the people we have given up on any Israeli sovereignty on the Mount,” remarked Feiglin. “Any terror organization can wave its flag there — the flag of Israel? Don’t mention it even. And a verse of Psalms is pretext for an arrest. The police even recommend taking the kippah off your head.”
“When we run from the Mount we lose the legitimacy to our presence in Tel Aviv,” argued Feiglin.
“I call on the government of Israel to stop the discrimination and embarrassment of Jews in entering the Mount and on the site,” declared Feiglin. He further called on the government “to allow free access to all Jews to the Temple Mount from every gate, and prayer on the Mount, as required by it being part of the state of Israel, the Jewish state,” which stipulates freedom of worship.
And it wasn’t just Feiglin, for once:
MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home) stepped in by reading a letter written by Netanyahu in 1994, before his first term as prime minister.
In the letter Netanyahu wrote “the right of the Jewish people over its holy site – the Temple Mount – can not be questioned; I think that Jewish prayer rights at the site must be arranged, all the more so because we give freedom of religion to all religions in Jerusalem.”
Of course, you know what happened last time Israel tried to assert a smidgen of authority over the Temple Mount:
On September 28, 2000, Likud leader Ariel Sharon went to visit the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest place, which Muslims have renamed Haram al-Sharif and regard as Islam’s third holiest place. Since that time, Palestinians have engaged in a violent insurrection that has been dubbed the “al-Aksa intifada.”
Palestinian spokesmen maintained the violence was caused by the desecration of a Muslim holy place – Haram al-Sharif – by Sharon and the “thousands of Israeli soldiers” who accompanied him. The violence, they said, was carried out through unprovoked attacks by Israeli forces, which invaded Palestinian-controlled territories and “massacred” defenseless Palestinian civilians, who merely threw stones in self-defense.
In fact, Israel’s Internal Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami permitted Sharon to visit the Temple Mount only after calling Palestinian security chief Jabril Rajoub and receiving his assurance that if Sharon did not enter the mosques, no problems would arise. The need to protect Sharon arose when Rajoub later said that the Palestinian police would do nothing to prevent violence during the visit.
Sharon did not attempt to enter any mosques and his 34 minute visit was conducted during normal hours when the area is open to tourists. Palestinian youths — eventually numbering around 1,500 — shouted slogans in an attempt to inflame the situation. Some 1,500 Israeli police were present at the scene to forestall violence.
There were limited disturbances during Sharon’s visit, mostly involving stone throwing. During the remainder of the day, outbreaks of stone throwing continued on the Temple Mount and in the vicinity, leaving 28 Israeli policemen injured, three of whom were hospitalized. There are no accounts of Palestinian injuries on that day. Significant and orchestrated violence was initiated by Palestinians the following day following Friday prayers.
As violence escalated over the following days and weeks, the Palestinians and the media blamed Sharon for the violence.
Which libel accompanied him for the rest of his days. Unquestioned by the media.
There is so much evidence of what happens when Israel tries to accommodate Arab occupiers and Western elites. No good deed goes unpunished. Enough. No more.
More of this:
Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett recently appeared on the BBC, where he argued the two-state solution has failed, and that Israel needs to reaffirm its Jewish nature.
“Three times already we handed land over to the Arabs and within days they started shooting at us missiles. It’s not working apparently,” emphasized the Economics Minister.
“We’ve been in this land way longer than Americans have been in American land and the British have been in British land,” remarked Bennett.