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In 1948, King Abdullah the First of Jordan, joined in a war to push the Jews into the sea after he and his fellow Arab leaders rejected the UN Partition plan that would have divided the remaining 1/3 of Palestine (2/3 of which had already been pilfered to form his government), into two states – an Arab one and a Jewish one. In the land grab that followed, Abdullah I took all of what is known as the West Bank to some, Judea and Samaria to others. He took the Old City of Jerusalem as well; the Jews gained land in the north, south, and kept Western Jerusalem, widely known as the New City.

For 19 years, Jews were denied any chance to visit the Old City, the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives. Over 40,000 headstones were vandalized, latrines built from the tombstones. In 1967, in a preemptive attempt to head off attacks by Syria and Egypt, Israel responded to the mobilization of Syrian and Egyptian troops, the closing of the Straights of Tiran, and the mounting and increasingly threatening rhetoric. As Israeli jets flew to cripple the Syrian and Egyptian air forces at the outbreak of what was to be called the Six Day War, Israel sent a very clear message to King Hussein, son of Abdullah I. Stay out of the war, Israel said. We will not attack you.

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Hussein answered back that he would fight with his brothers, as he sent his forces on the attack. His motives were not nearly as noble as his words. In reality, he anticipated – incorrectly – victory for the Arabs and was afraid he would miss out on another land grab like the one that brought his father east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Hussein’s forces were pushed back beyond the Jordan River. Lost was Judea, lost was Samaria and lost was the Old City…which was, once again, reunited with the newer parts of the city, which had been under Israeli control from the beginning. And then, in a landmark move of monumental stupidity, Israel’s Moshe Dayan handed over the keys (figuratively speaking) to the Temple Mount and the game was on.

The Western Wall was clearly returned to the Jews who could once again pray before the last remnant of a Temple that was destroyed 2,000 years earlier. The Temple Mount was given to the Muslims, who have spent the last 45 years attempting to return to the 19 years of Jordanian intolerance.

Slowly over the last few years, Jews have become more and more aware of the absurdity of our being denied the right to simply whisper a prayer at our holiest site. Would worlds really fall if a Jew were to close his eyes and ask God for peace, safety and health for his family? Apparently so.

Over this Passover holiday in Israel, hundreds of infidels Jews and Christians have visited the Temple Mount. Today, two young men lowered themselves to the ground of the Holy Temple Mount and as they attempted to…yes…pray…they were attacked, beaten, arrested. In response, the Jordanian government, under the leadership of King Abdullah II issued a demand that Jews be banned from the Temple Mount.

In the past, the Jordanian government demanded cameras be installed and then when Israel welcomed the suggestion, knowing what violence there is up there is mostly not started by the few Jewish visitors, Jordan announced that it has canceled the plan and no cameras would be installed.

As I contemplated the demand by Jordan, I wondered if perhaps the Israeli government would be willing to appoint me as the temporary spokesperson to respond. I know exactly what I’d say to Abdullah:

Dear Abdullah,

In response to your government’s threat that there would be consequences if Jews were not banned from the Temple Mount, please note that 45 years ago, when Jordan last threatened Israel…they lost the Temple Mount and all of Judea and Samaria. If the consequences involve an attempt to bring this holy site under your control, I have to say, bring it on…but this time, Abdullah, this time we don’t give it back. This time we won’t let another idiot like Moshe Dayan hand over the keys.

Bring it on….you want no Jews on the Temple Mount…try it…and quickly find that we have learned much since you last held our holiest site and we will not return to those days. It was ours long before your precious Mohammed ever lived; it will be ours long after you are dust.

Arabs pray on the Temple Mount because WE allow it, and in our utter stupidity, rather than insisting that we TOO have a right to pray, we catered too long to an unfair and impossible situation. The site is holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews. Either everyone is free to pray there, or no one is free.

No, you will not keep it from us entirely, not now. Not ever. Your threat shows that 68 years after the 1948 war, your nation still fails to understand the Jew. We will tolerate much to avoid what bloodshed we can but if you insist on attempting to take the Temple Mount from us…there will be war…because this time, we will insist that the Temple Mount be open to all religions – as we have kept it for the last 45 years, and as you refused to do for the 19 years it was in Jordan’s hands.

You kept us from the Temple Mount for 19 years…we’ll take full control if you dare to think the consequences to be paid will be ours. We will never forbid Muslims from praying there, but nothing says the WAKF has to be in charge; nothing says that Jews who go up to Har Habayit have to be beaten and abused and if your religion is insulted by seeing Jews pray, that is your problem, not ours.

If the problem is so insurmountable that the mere sight of Jews whispering in prayers sends Muslims into rioting, I suggest we initiate a rotation plan. There are three great religions. Each can be given the Temple Mount for 8 hours a day. Each can choose to share it with others. For the record, we will allow Christians up during our 8 hours and will seek permission in return such that Jews and Christians, tolerant and accepting of each other, will be allowed 16 hours per day. Muslims may have the Temple Mount, alone and unbothered for eight hours. What eight hours would you like?

Also, I recommend that each religion be given a specific number of days in which the Temple Mount will be closed to all other religions for a period of 24 hours. How many days would you like and which ones? I recommend 10 days, as we do in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

Please note that you’ll need to remove your prayer rugs during the 16 hours that the Temple Mount is not in your control and on the full days as well. We can build three separate storage units (perhaps Keter would donate them, but if you prefer a Jordanian brand, that’s fine too). You can store your holy stuff in it and we’ll store our holy stuff as well. Not sure what the Christians have, so we’ll need to check with them as well.

Please note that you will also no longer be allowed freedom to build additional mosques up there unless we can build up there as well and I suppose we’ll have to let the Christians build up there too if they want. It might be a good idea to tell the teenagers that they can no longer play soccer up there as well, as access will now become fully equal and balanced for all. Domination of the Temple Mount has come to an end. Your people have occupied this historic and religious site for too long, abusing it by storing rocks and fireworks, endangering the infrastructure by illegal excavations.

You are correct; it is time to implement a true status quo based on equality; and there must be consequences for those who riot and refuse to accept the sanctity of the place.

Let us know when you want to begin implementing the 24 hour cycle – I suggest we do it quickly as Israelis would really love to have the Temple Mount to ourselves this coming Independence Day in a few weeks.

Sincerely,
Israel

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25 COMMENTS

  1. The Dome of the Rock and the al-Aksa mosque need to be razed. Had our people known the nature of Islam in 1967 (after nearly 1400 years we still have not internalized the nature of Islam and its followers… shame on us), we would have exposed Islam for what it is, say by reading aloud the Qur’an, and started demolitions. Islamic presence must eventually be removed, everywhere. It is important that anything of value must be disposed of in a fashion such that there is neither gain nor profit from the effort.

    Islam itself must be outlawed and eradicated.

    Like Nazis and Nazism which together with Islam, its followers and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who all worked together so diligently to murder our people, Islam itself must be outlawed and eradicated. Islam goes even further by canonizing in their Qur’an and their own religious works the commands and examples to murder our people to the very last one.

    Now, all the Germans did not need to be killed. But Nazism, its leaders, dedicated followers and the symbolic vestiges promoting its presence were eradicated. Only the places of horrors it created and the history of what it did are preserved as a reminder to humanity.

    The followers of Islam have been indoctrinated since infancy that Islam and its faithful will eventually rule the earth. The commands canonized in their Qur’an very explicitly make that a point and dictate that it should be accomplished by slaying the Jew and the infidel until the task is accomplished. Again, this is what Muslims from childhood are taught, believe and expect. The orthodox Muslims that practice it are labeled “terrorists”, "radicals" or some other euphemistic label which when you call it out separately lets Islam itself off the hook, that when in fact they are carrying out to the letter explicit and very clear Islamic religious commands. An example would be to say that there is a problem with the radical SS, thus implying that Nazism itself would otherwise be okay if it were not for those pesky SS.

    No decent person can remain a follower of Islam. Islam commands that its followers must not take infidels as friends. And indeed what decent person can claim to be your friend yet remain a willing follower of a religion which has indoctrinated them since earliest childhood that they are commanded to either murder you or at very least subjugate you to the status of a dhimmi, to expect that their religion will become superior over all other religions, to practice taqqiya, tawriya, kitman and muruna in claiming to be your friend all the while knowing it is the opposite that is true. Disgusting.

    THIS. IS. ISLAM.

    And just because there are 1.8 billion Muslims, that does not make the problem insurmountable but rather simply a larger problem. And thus it needs to be dealt with initially in a different fashion.

    The solution for the moment is not a war of aggression against Islam but rather the education of our people and of western civilization regarding Islam. From that all answers will follow.

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    In the words of Turkish PM Erdogan regarding the term "moderate Islam" to describe the AKP party – "These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

    “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”- Bukhari (52:177); Hadith (Website: The Religion of Peace)

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  2. I agree with the Author.Why is it always exceptable to discriminate against Jews.Does anyone care?Why does the world favor the Arabs?Take it back !!! So the world will call us nasty names & threaten us. What else is new?

  3. Your letter brought tears of joy and support. You would be an amazing Diplomat. The only point I differ with you is I truly believe the Temple Mount belongs solely to Jews & shared with Christians who are allowed to pray at any time . Muslims may be allowed to visit and pray but never own. Muslims will always want more and more, and exterminate every Jew.

  4. Excellent! You covered every point that I have been infuriated about and ones that I hadn't considered (storage issues). I consider this to be an important issue that it's long past time for the Israeli Government take such action on, as you have covered. Thank-you for writing this!

  5. Letter beautifully put. But it won't be accepted! The horror is that "all nation will be gathered against Jerusalem". The Catholic Church wants the holy places, so does the Orthodox… It will take the arrival of Messiah to take control, not only of Jerusalem, but of the whole world. Only he can usher in a time of equity and righteousness (Isaiah 32:1; 2:2-4).

  6. The only problem with the writing is one salient and critical fact: Dayan first went to the Eda Cgareidit and offered the keys to Har HaBayit. They turned him away saying, they weren't ready for it and had no use for them. And they efectively shut the door to Mashiach and Geula. Dayan only then turned to the Waqf.

  7. The story in Israel is still, given the world's very brief enthusiastic support of Israel's defense war in 1967, who authorized Dayan to act in behalf of Israel in giving away the Temple Mount; to allow the continued desecration of that holy site? As well, the question remains why Dayan did not inform the Arabs living in the re-captured areas of Judea and Samaria they had two choices within 24 hours–take the bus to Egypt, or to Jordan?

    Today, how many in this BDS world know, or even care, that England decided to carve out 80% of Israel as a gift to create Trans-Jordan in 1922 for its king's support during WWI? Indeed, how many in this world rallied to de-legitmize Israel even know how the British supplied officers, training, and equipment to the Royal Jordanian Legion, which attacked and ransacked the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem in 1948?

    When Dayan informed PM Meir of the possible 'fall of the third temple" during the immediate dark days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he could have been referring to how he gave-up Israel's one opportunity to secure and embrace its lawful heritage back in 1967

  8. She is far too generous. Throw the Muslims off the Temple Mount, physically, right over the edge if necessary. Disconnect those stinking loudspeakers that call the Muslims to pray at a deafening decibel level. And take down those twoo pus pimples, al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, that the Muslims inflicted upon the face of the holiest place on Earth. Throw the Muslims off, once and for all.

  9. Not ignorance or stupidity. rather UTTER and total treason. And Netanyahu is the very same letting it go on like this! Moyshe Dayan and all other Dayas (Yael, Assi) were total Leftis traitors who never understood the Jewish soul!

  10. A very lousy agreement was made, but it was made. And Israel keeps its side of agreements it makes with foreign countries. However, if Jordan violates any part of that agreement, it is null and void. International treaties must be honored, otherwise no treaties will be honored.

  11. I disagree with Paula. The Temple Mount must be shared 24/7 and none should be excluded other than intolerant aggressive supremacists. Clearly neither Christians or Jews can pray in the mosques, but their religious observances on the Mount itself must be respected.

    The letter is also faulty in being sent to only Abdullah. It needs to be sent to the Knesset and to the High Court. It is outrageous that the civil rights of Jews are denied in the nation state of the Jewish people!

  12. It is high time for Israel to take 100% over and give freedom to all that to pray and worship their religion and want to live in peace and anyone that wants to riot stay away!!!

    Great letter and let’s see if Jordan replies!!!

  13. The late, great Rabbi Meir Kahane wrote an essay addressed to the "Dear World" in which he expressed contempt for its opinions and values. If you can find it, read it. Your comment indicates that you would find it quite refreshing.

  14. Nice letter–wrong address. Abdullah is irrelevant in this discussion. The letter needs to go to the Prime Minister and the entire Knesset. They are the ones with the power, and clearly none of the courage to do anything about this. They are the problem, not Jordan. And the Supreme Court is just one foolish step behind. And much of the fault is ours–a generation gets the leaders it deserves. Says much about us, I'm afraid.

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