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We all know that history repeats itself, but of late it seems that even the repetitions are repeating themselves.

A few days ago, Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, made a fairly straightforward announcement. He said that Israeli law, including the Antiquities and Planning & Construction Laws, apply to Israeli territory. Specifically, he said, since the Temple Mount is part of the territory of the state of Israel, these laws apply to that holy area.

This, of course, aroused the ire of Israel’s enemies. Jordan’s information minister and official spokesman said his country “opposes any Israeli attempt to take control over the holy Islamic sites.” He even warned that Weinstein’s words are liable to cause the outbreak of a religious conflict, “especially now, given Israel’s expansive attempts to Judaize Jerusalem.”

Shades of 1980.

Why? Because then, when Israel adopted the Basic Law stating that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel,” there was a similar outcry. The New York Times said the move “can serve only further to complicate efforts to find a just and lasting solution…”

The paper acknowledged that Israel’s stated objectives – guaranteed access for everyone to the Old City’s holy places, as well as security from attacks – had not been satisfied under Jordanian rule. But, it concluded, “arbitrary Israeli annexation of the Old City is not the best way to achieve these aims.”

Then what is?

In any event, Weinstein himself watered down his statement regarding Israel and the Temple Mount. He said that because of the “unique character of the site, the law must be implemented with extra sensitivity with consideration given to practical ramifications as well.”

Weinstein was responding to the recent news that the Moslem Waqf (the religious trust that runs Judaism’s most sacred spot, the Temple Mount) had erected scaffolding inside the Mosque of Omar. The construction work was set precisely atop the ancient rock that most likely marks the spot of the Holy of Holies.

One might think, based on his statement, that he would welcome and encourage the state to take action to enforce the law, to dismantle the scaffolding, and to actively supervise the goings-on at the holy site. In fact, the Temple Mount Loyalists have filed a court petition demanding precisely those steps. But apparently Weinstein places more emphasis on the “extra sensitivity” he recommends on the Temple Mount than on the actual application of the law there.

Consequently, he announced his official opinion that the state should actually reject the petition and not take action to enforce the law.

It is true that the Temple Mount has not been totally given over to Wakf control. Recently, some state representatives toured the area and issued instructions to keep it clean. And of course, Israeli police man the gates (and do not allow Jews – and sometimes Arabs – to enter freely). But as attorney Naftali Wurtzberger said in response to Weinberg’s declaration, the bottom line is that official government bodies – the courts, the Chief Rabbinate, the police – are not enforcing the law on the Temple Mount, and the site has been all but abandoned by the State of Israel.

* * * * * With relatively little fanfare, Prime Minister Netanyahu received the official report earlier this month regarding the status of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (and Jerusalem). The report finds that the area is not “occupied,” but is essentially Israeli. It also concludes that all the outposts are not illegal under international law, and that Israel can and should legalize them as soon as possible.

The report was prepared by a special commission headed by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy. The core of its argument is this:

Judea and Samaria, together with the rest of Israel, was assigned to the Jewish people by the powers of the day at the San Remo Conference of 1920 and, later, the League of Nations. From 1948, Israel was unable to exercise its control over Judea and Samaria because the fortunes of war had left Jordan in control. Though Jordan “annexed” these areas, the world (except for Pakistan and Great Britain) did not recognize this. The Six-Day War of 1967 enabled Israel to return to what had been legally granted the Jewish people 47 years earlier.

About the Author: Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel's minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now live in Beit El.


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