Beyond the Cusp

November 29, 2014

Status-Quo is not holy; the Temple Mount is Holy

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The latest victim of cross-eyed view where the status-quo has become holy and the Temple Mount is not holy is the highest ranking officer of the police who has jurisdiction over the Temple Mount, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino. In his latest statement to the media Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino threatened, “I think we have some Knesset members who set an agenda to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. Not only do I not retract the things I said, but I add the announcement that I will not allow these Knesset members to visit the Temple Mount.” Commissioner Danino further insisted, “Anyone who wants to change the status-quo on the Temple Mount – it forbidden for him to go up there. I banned Feiglin from ascending the Mount until I had no backing from the attorney general. This is a mistake, to allow someone who is a symbol of change the status-quo. We want quiet and to restore security. We are saying all the time ‘let’s do everything to not escalate the situation.’ Again and again we go back to the Temple Mount – this is a place holy to many religions and we say to guard the status quo in order to guard the quiet there.” This blessed status-quo that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Commissioner Danino are so absolutely determined and single mindedly pursuing was initially the greatest mistake made after the Six Day War when Defense Minister General Moshe Dayan in a grand gesture to the Jordanian King allowed the Jordanian run Islamic Waqf to remain the managing supervisors of the Temple Mount. If Dayan could see the end result of his grand offer of largess to the Jordanian crown, I would hope he would not have made that fatal allowance to leave the holiest land in all of Judaism susceptible to Arab perfidy and manipulation which would deny both Christian and Jewish visitation to their holy sites on that sacred ground. That erroneous and misplaced largess is the status-quo that the leaders of Israeli political and law enforcement personnel are hell-bent on retaining and enforcing at the cost of the rights of any other than Muslim to visit and prayer on some of the holiest of sited in the entire universe.

 

There has been increasingly violent rioting on the Temple Mount by the Arabs responding to Mahmoud Abbas’s incitement to take whatever levels of violence are required to prevent the accursed Jews from entering the Temple Mount and defiling the al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas and the rest of the Arab incitement team have redefined the al-Aqsa Mosque from an insignificant building in a remote corner of the area, which Herod added when he enlarged the Temple Mount thus placing the Mosque outside of any place where the Holy Temples were located, enlarging its footprint from insignificant to include the entirety of the Temple Mount. This has allowed the Arabs to claim that any Jew or other non-Muslim putting their foot on the Temple Mount an infringement and despoiling of the al-Aqsa Mosque and an affront against Islam. This was not the initial position taken by the Jordanian Islamic Waqf but they, as has much of Islam, have become radicalized with the politicization of the Arab claims to their ancient homeland and their effort to replace Israel with another Arab Muslim state. The Temple Mount has become ground zero for this struggle and if the Israelis permit the Islamic superiority over the Temple Mount, then we will have also surrendered our rights to the land of Israel. There is no status-quo that denies anybody from expressing and performing their religious devotion on the Temple Mount, be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish in particular as those are the three Abrahamic religions. Of the three religious claims to the Temple Mount the Jews have the strongest claim and the Muslims have the weakest of claims.

 

There are other differences between the three Abrahamic religions, and vital and important differences these are. The most important difference is that were the Temple Mount under Jewish rule and control, then all three religions, or anyone else who felt the urge, would be permitted to enter and pray upon the Temple Mount. Historic evidence has shown that whether Islamic or Christian management were responsible for managing the Temple Mount, then access and prayer very possibly be limited to their coreligionists and the rest of the world would be denied of that privilege. Further, there are other differences. The greatest difference is between the Judeo-Christian religions and Islam. Both Judaism and all Christian faiths worship the G0d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while the followers of Islam follow the god of Abraham, Ishmael and Muhammad. The difference between Judaism and Christianity is over the coming of the Messiah where Christians believe that the coming of the Messiah will be His return and the Jews believe the coming of the Messiah is the sole coming of the Messiah. One could state the difference between Christianity and Judaism is over the word ‘again’ where the Jews say the Messiah will come and Christians insist on adding the word ‘again’. All humor aside, the Temple Mount needs to be a place where people can come together and celebrate the oneness of humanity, and not be a place where religious elitists attempt to restrict access to such a holy place making it sacred to only one group and denying access to all others. But it is the exclusivity of the Temple Mount by the Jordanian Islamic supremacists of the Waqf that is the perfect status-quo that the Israeli politicians and enforcement personnel must keep as sacred on into the future. Why?

 

I was recently at the grave of Rabbi Meir Kahane and the graves of his son and his wife which had me recalling the days of my youth and the concepts put forth by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Rabbi Meir Kahane was man of prophetic vision who foresaw the realities which were still nearly half a century away into the future and was capable of describing and explaining the reasons behind his vision in such a way as to inspire and enlighten those who had to rely on reading his words. I can only dream of what hearing Rabbi Kahane speak his truths would have affected any rational and reasoned person listening to him speaking those same words. Of course Rabbi Kahane was excluded from the national conversation just as the desires of religious Jews for access to the Temple Mount exists and is being denied today. Had Rabbi Kahane not been murdered in New York by an Arab fanatic, they were not referred to exclusively as terrorists way back then, who was found not guilty by a selected jury which guaranteed such a factually void verdict. Of course the United States figured they could white wash the assassin of an Israeli Rabbi who the Israelis had thrown to the wolves of fortune when they barred his political party from running for the Knesset as his truth had to be suppressed if those who saw themselves as the honest powers of the future were to be able to eventually lead us to where Jews are not permitted to visit, let alone pray, on the Temple Mount.

 

But the past is what the past is and the present is such defined and that is the future in which we must make our choices. Now the figures of authority and definers of reality within the state of Israel, not sure we are allowed to call it the Jewish state as that is actually being debated by the Knesset, are making the Temple Mount an Islamic holy site while telling those who are opposed to such a surrender that they must stand down. Commissioner Danino has stated he will ban those who might want to make a point that the Temple Mount is holy to the Jewish people from ascending to the Temple Mount. Then there is Prime Minister Netanyahu who has assured everybody he could serve the status-quo which disallows Jews from praying or even, for much of the time, allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount and allowing the Islamic Waqf disallow Jews from having access to the holiest place in the world in Judaism and with the Israeli government and all the security forces at their disposal would enforce such decrees and provide forces to prevent any Jews from accessing the Temple Mount. This reality is something that the good Rabbi would have taken great injury from these decisions knowing that the Israeli government would deny Jews from accessing the Temple Mount and disallowing their praying, all due to the Islamic Waqf forbidding Jews ascending and intending not to disturb the status-quo. Perhaps it is time for Israeli leaders to actually take the initiative and redefine status-quo to be equal for all to enter the Temple Mount from any and every entrance and to pray and marvel expressing whatever their heart feels like and fully have complete freedom without fears that they might be insulting somebody’s sensitivities. The Temple Mount is an extremely holy site for many, many people and all of them should be permitted to visit, enjoy, marvel and, of course, pray at this site which holds such great importance in the history of mankind. It should also be open to those who simply desire to walk upon stones which have seen some of the most unbelievable, dramatic and vitally important history throughout ages both before and after the implementation of the modern Western calendar and they should be allowed this experience. But above all, the Temple Mount must be made available and free for prayers for all who revere the historic and religious importance and the places this land holds in history to be struck by an irresistible desire to pray, to be permitted to do so without fearing being arrested or simply hustled from the site feeling as if they were some kind of miscreant. The Temple Mount must be made universally accessible and permissible for prayers and other evocations of emotional and spiritual release which visitors might find the momentary need to express. The Temple Mount belongs to all, not just to those the Jordanian Islamic Waqf of Islamic imperialistic supremacy feel are worthy and of the correct purity.

 

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We would like to share Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor’s Speech to the General Assembly on 24 Nov 2014. Ambassador Prosor touched on the Temple Mount issue relating it to a general ambiance of hatred which is prevalent in the Arab society and is directly cultivated by Mahmoud Abbas and other leaders from both Hamas and Fatah factions of the Palestinian Authority. Included is the video from that speech as well.

 

 

Mr. President,
 
I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside.
The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity. The result isn’t realpolitik, its surreal politik.
The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month.
How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis? And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life? Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.
I stand before you to speak the truth. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than half a percent are truly free – and they are all citizens of Israel. Israeli Arabs are some of the most educated Arabs in the world. They are our leading physicians and surgeons, they are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court. Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms.
Nonetheless, nation after nation, will stand at this podium today and criticize Israel – the small island of democracy in a region plagued by tyranny and oppression.
 
Mr. President,
 
Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.
Sixty seven years ago this week, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Simple. The Jews said yes. The Arabs said no. But they didn’t just say no. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon launched a war of annihilation against our newborn state.
This is the historical truth that the Arabs are trying to distort. The Arabs’ historic mistake continues to be felt – in lives lost in war, lives lost to terrorism, and lives scarred by the Arab’s narrow political interests.
According to the United Nations, about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war initiated by the Arabs themselves. At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries.
Why is it, that 67 years later, the displacement of the Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution while the displacement of the Palestinians is the subject of an annual debate? The difference is that Israel did its utmost to integrate the Jewish refugees into society. The Arabs did just the opposite.
The worst oppression of the Palestinian people takes place in Arab nations. In most of the Arab world, Palestinians are denied citizenship and are aggressively discriminated against. They are barred from owning land and prevented from entering certain professions.
And yet none – not one – of these crimes are mentioned in the resolutions before you.
If you were truly concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people there would be one, just one, resolution to address the thousands of Palestinians killed in Syria. And if you were so truly concerned about the Palestinians there would be at least one resolution to denounce the treatment of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps.
But there isn’t. The reason is that today’s debate is not about speaking for peace or speaking for the Palestinian people – it is about speaking against Israel. It is nothing but a hate and bashing festival against Israel.
 
Mr. President,
 
The European nations claim to stand for Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité – freedom, equality, and brotherhood – but nothing could be farther from the truth.
I often hear European leaders proclaim that Israel has the right to exist in secure borders. That’s very nice. But I have to say – it makes about as much sense as me standing here and proclaiming Sweden’s right to exist in secure borders.
When it comes to matters of security, Israel learned the hard way that we cannot rely on others – certainly not Europe.
In 1973, on Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – the surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel. In the hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our Prime Minister then, made the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike. The Israeli Government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we would lose the support of the international community.
As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel grew dire. Our casualty count was growing and we were running dangerously low on weapons and ammunition. In this, our hour of need, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, agreed to send Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops. The only problem was that the Galaxy planes needed to refuel on route to Israel.
The Arab States were closing in and our very existence was threatened – and yet, Europe was not even willing to let the planes refuel. The U.S. stepped in once again and negotiated that the planes be allowed to refuel in the Azores. The government and people of Israel will never forget that when our very existence was at stake, only one country came to our aid – the United States of America.
Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders. The Jewish people have a long memory. We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s. You failed us in 1973. And you are failing us again today.
Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want – statehood without peace. By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence. You are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price.
The first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state was Sweden. One has to wonder why the Swedish Government was so anxious to take this step. When it comes to other conflicts in our region, the Swedish Government calls for direct negotiations between the parties – but for the Palestinians, surprise, surprise, they roll out the red carpet. State Secretary Söder may think she is here to celebrate her government’s so-called historic recognition, when in reality it’s nothing more than an historic mistake.
The Swedish Government may host the Nobel Prize ceremony, but there is nothing noble about their cynical political campaign to appease the Arabs in order to get a seat on the Security Council. Nations on the Security Council should have sense, sensitivity, and sensibility. Well, the Swedish Government has shown no sense, no sensitivity and no sensibility. Just nonsense.
Israel learned the hard way that listening to the international community can bring about devastating consequences. In 2005, we unilaterally dismantled every settlement and removed every citizen from the Gaza Strip. Did this bring us any closer to peace? Not at all. It paved the way for Iran to send its terrorist proxies to establish a terror stronghold on our doorstep.
I can assure you that we won’t make the same mistake again. When it comes to our security, we cannot and will not rely on others – Israel must be able to defend itself by itself.
 
Mr. President,
 
The State of Israel is the land of our forefathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is the land where Moses led the Jewish people, where David built his palace, where Solomon built the Jewish Temple, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace.
For thousands of years, Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel. We endured through the rise and fall of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires. And we endured through thousands of years of persecution, expulsions and crusades. The bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land is unbreakable.
Nothing can change one simple truth – Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.
At the same time, we recognize that Jerusalem has special meaning for other faiths. Under Israeli sovereignty, all people – and I will repeat that, all people – regardless of religion and nationality can visit the city’s holy sites. And we intend to keep it this way. The only ones trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount are Palestinian leaders.
President Abbas is telling his people that Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. He has called for days of rage and urged Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using “all means” necessary. These words are as irresponsible as they are unacceptable.
You don’t have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican, you don’t have to be Jewish to visit the Western Wall, but some Palestinians would like to see the day when only Muslims can visit the Temple Mount.
You, the international community, are lending a hand to extremists and fanatics. You, who preach tolerance and religious freedom, should be ashamed. Israel will never let this happen. We will make sure that the holy places remain open to all people of all faiths for all time.
 
Mr. President,
 
No one wants peace more than Israel. No one needs to explain the importance of peace to parents who have sent their child to defend our homeland. No one knows the stakes of success or failure better than we Israelis do. The people of Israel have shed too many tears and buried too many sons and daughters.
We are ready for peace, but we are not naïve. Israel’s security is paramount. Only a strong and secure Israel can achieve a comprehensive peace.
The past month should make it clear to anyone that Israel has immediate and pressing security needs. In recent weeks, Palestinian terrorists have shot and stabbed our citizens and twice driven their cars into crowds of pedestrians. Just a few days ago, terrorists armed with axes and a gun savagely attacked Jewish worshipers during morning prayers. We have reached the point when Israelis can’t even find sanctuary from terrorism in the sanctuary of a synagogue.
These attacks didn’t emerge out of a vacuum. They are the results of years of indoctrination and incitement. A Jewish proverb teaches: “The instruments of both death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
As a Jew and as an Israeli, I know with utter certainly that when our enemies say they want to attack us, they mean it.
Hamas’s genocidal charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews worldwide. For years, Hamas and other terrorist groups have sent suicide bombers into our cities, launched rockets into our towns, and sent terrorists to kidnap and murder our citizens.
And what about the Palestinian Authority? It is leading a systemic campaign of incitement. In schools, children are being taught that ‘Palestine’ will stretch from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. In mosques, religious leaders are spreading vicious libels accusing Jews of destroying Muslim holy sites. In sports stadiums, teams are named after terrorists. And in newspapers, cartoons urge Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis.
Children in most of the world grow up watching cartoons of Mickey Mouse singing and dancing. Palestinian children also grow up watching Mickey Mouse, but on Palestinians national television, a twisted figure dressed as Mickey Mouse dances in an explosive belt and chants “Death to America and death to the Jews.”
I challenge you to stand up here today and do something constructive for a change. Publically denounce the violence, denounce the incitement, and denounce the culture of hate.
Most people believe that at its core, the conflict is a battle between Jews and Arabs or Israelis and Palestinians. They are wrong. The battle that we are witnessing is a battle between those who sanctify life and those who celebrate death.
Following the savage attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages. People were dancing in the street and distributing candy. Young men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques called out congratulations, and the terrorists were hailed as “martyrs” and “heroes.”
This isn’t the first time that we saw the Palestinians celebrate the murder of innocent civilians. We saw them rejoice after every terrorist attack on Israeli civilians and they even took to the streets to celebrate the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center right here in New York City.
Imagine the type of state this society would produce. Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy? Some members of the international community are aiding and abetting its creation.
 
Mr. President,
 
As we came into the United Nations, we passed the flags of all 193 member States. If you take the time to count, you will discover that there are 15 flags with a crescent and 25 flags with a cross. And then there is one flag with a Jewish Star of David. Amidst all the nations of the world there is one state – just one small nation state for the Jewish people.
And for some people, that is one too many.
As I stand before you today I am reminded of all the years when Jewish people paid for the world’s ignorance and indifference in blood. Those days are no more. We will never apologize for being a free and independent people in our sovereign state. And we will never apologize for defending ourselves.
To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.” I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity. I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State. I accuse you of speaking about Israel’s right of self-defense in theory, but denying it in practice. And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians.
In the face of these offenses, the verdict is clear. You are not for peace and you are not for the Palestinian people. You are simply against Israel.
Members of the international community have a choice to make.
You can recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, or permit the Palestinian leadership to deny our history without consequence.
You can publically proclaim that the so-called “claim of return” is a non-starter, or you can allow this claim to remain the major obstacle to any peace agreement.
You can work to end Palestinian incitement, or stand by as hatred and extremism take root for generations to come.
You can prematurely recognize a Palestinian state, or you can encourage the Palestinian Authority to break its pact with Hamas and return to direct negotiations.
The choice is yours. You can continue to steer the Palestinians off course or pave the way to real and lasting peace.
 
Thank you, Mr. President.

 

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