Just the end of last week when Prime Minister Netanyahu approached about the violence on the Temple Mount chimed in with the same old canard of keeping the status quo. Perhaps pictures of rioting youths, many wearing the emblematic green headgear signifying their allegiance to Hamas (pictured Below) on the Temple Mount threatening the police and preventing any Jewish Israelis access to the holy grounds during the last weekend of this holiday season will display the threat. These riots, called the ‘Silent Intifada’ due to silence of Israeli authorities, have been roiling and disrupting Jewish and any other than Muslim visitations to the Temple Mount for the past months in a steadily increasing measure of numbers and violence. These rioters arrive early every morning potentially before dawn stocking their supplies of firebombs, rocks, bricks, fireworks and other pyrotechnics, flammables and projectile objects storing them within the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Mosques around the Temple Mount. These assaults have been mostly ignored by the media and allowing for the political leadership to thus far pretend that the problem did not exist. Their mantra used to attempt to brush the problems aside was the call of “Maintain the status quo.” What exactly finally caught sufficient attention forcing the change from passivity to urgency for action is unimportant, the fact something changed is sufficient if this new level of concern and calls for actions are actually followed by changes. So, what are the required changes to bring about a small amount of sanity and equality of access and utilization of the spaces and facilities on the Temple Mount for Muslims, Jews, Christians and others?
The first problem which must be addressed is that of those instigating these disturbances. This must begin with putting an end to the provocations from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Hamas leadership are financially rewarding the leadership instigating the rioting on the Temple Mount while Mahmoud Abbas has been backing with encouragements of his own providing verbal support claiming that the continued rioting and denial of Jewish access to the Temple Mount is serving the establishments of the Palestinians State and in the service of Allah. These instigations must be placed in reference to the discourse in the Western world where every statement and house planned to be built by Israel is condemned out of hand and often with absolute demands for immediate remedial actions. The world must be made aware and to witness these words and instigations. If that requires buying advertising time on major networks to show the world the truth, then that is what must be pursued. We need the political and other leadership to air these dirty accusations and instigations from Hamas, Abbas , Iran, and throughout most of the world, including the European instigators who come and force confrontations and then release slanted videos demanding that honorable officers who after being provoked, fingers broken by the instigators and his men ridiculed and belittled finally answered with one measured blow gets drummed from service in shame because our leadership shamed all of us by not standing by this commander and simply telling the world that if you come into our country and provoke out military men and women then you too may feel their wrath and let that be a shot across their bow and a warning well sent. Show the world daily the news feeds which depict these animals running in riotous rampages on the holy places of our faith, the Christian faiths and even presumably their own Islamic faith. Let the world see both sides, ours which is of marked restraint and those who viscously act like wild animals seething with bile and anger completely devoid of a shred of humanism.
Let the world witness the truth and they will eventually compare and choose more wisely or reveal their true hatred for our society and our accomplishments in the recent modern history in our ancestral lands. Let us call the world to judge which they want to share their world with, animalistic hatreds or technological advancement, seething hatreds or enforcement of law and order, denial of the holiness of the heart and central jewel of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or those whose love and reverence for this holy place will only honor and share it with all free of anger, spite or hatreds, just filled with compassion and love. And we must show the world the effort we are to make to cleanse this holy ground so that all may again share our mutually holy place, the Temple Mount, and our effort to make it readily available and accessible for prayer and reverence towards G0d. After the riotous infection has been cleared from the Temple Mount then the Jordanians and their Waqf must be made to understand that if they wish to manage the Temple Mount they must manage it making it suitable and available to all or be replaced by those who will accept making the Temple Mount a place for universal love and worship, revered and kept holy and free of hatreds and violence. But first and foremost, make our holy place where the two Temples once stood sacred again and worthy and accessible for all who wish to honor and revere this place which is the central location for ourselves and others who also hold it sacred. Either all who revere the Temple Mount must be permitted unfettered access under the Waqf or it must be taken from them and governed to permit all equal treatment and respect, nothing less should be acceptable, nothing less.
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