web analytics
May 23, 2015 / 5 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Illuminating Jeremiah’s Dungeon – And The Temple Mount Myth


Keeping-Jerusalem

The Municipality of Jerusalem and Mayor Nir Barkat are trying to stay on everyone’s good side. On the one hand, the city is working together with the Ir Amim organization – a group that promotes dividing Yerushalayim along Arab-Jewish lines – jointly sponsoring a seminar on the controversial topic of urban planning for eastern Jerusalem.

This collusion has so enraged some supporters of a united Jerusalem that they have called on those who love Jerusalem to try to unseat Mayor Barkat in the next municipal election.

Still, his “infraction” is only verbal; as Meretz party candidate Attorney Talia Sasson recently told her co-believers, “We on the [anti-nationalist] left like to talk nicely, but it’s time to take ourselves in hand and actually do something!”

In contrast to how he angered the nationalist camp by colluding with Ir Amim, what Barkat has done to gladden the pro-Yerushalayim camp is actually in deed, not just in words. The Jerusalem Municipality will be allocating NIS 2 million (over half a million dollars) for a sound-and-light show project in the City of David National Park, just below the Old City. The Ministry of Tourism will chip in the same amount.

The project will focus on the ancient cistern into which the Prophet Jeremiah was thrown by those who objected to his prophecies, as recounted in Jeremiah 38. The pit is described there as belonging to “Malchiah son of the king, in the prison courtyard” – and today is an underground cavern located at the entrance of the national park. The cavern was recently excavated and opened to the public.

The project is run by the Elad Association, whose name stands for “To the City of David.” Elad has been responsible for uncovering the archaeological treasures of King David’s Jerusalem and publicizing them in a most appealing and state-of-the-art manner.

Haaretz reported that a Meretz party official denounced the project as “a gimmick to benefit the Elad foundation, which seeks to prevent coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem.”

In response to the “gimmick” claim, one observer wryly noted, “Certainly it’s a gimmick – just as the Old City, and the Tower of David, and the entire Bible are gimmicks!”

How symbolic it is that the present-day enemies-from-within of the national Jewish return to the entire Land of Israel make their case by focusing on Jeremiah’s Cistern – where the enemies of God’s word cast God’s emissary to die, rather than face the truth. Just as King Tzedekiah ordered Jeremiah’s rescue, so too we are confident that those who seek to perpetrate the prophet’s legacy will be totally vindicated before the Jewish people and the world.

Initial signs of such are evident in the fact that hundreds of thousands of tourists visit and enjoy the archaeological sites in and around the Old City, according to a Jerusalem Municipality statement. The city also said that it “accords great importance to [these] sites… The City of David is a leading tourist site and is considered extremely popular.”

Nadav Shragai’s New Book Jerusalem scholar and expert Nadav Shragai has written a new book titled ‘Al Aqsa is in Danger’: Portrait of a Lie. Shragai, a member of the International Council of Keep Jerusalem, explains that the Arab world has been perpetuating, for nearly a full century, the lie that Israel and the Jewish people are trying to destroy the Dome of the Rock – the gold-capped mosque that dominates the Jews’ most holy spot, the Temple Mount.

Shragai explains how the dissemination of the myth serves several purposes:

● it helps charismatic Arab leaders such as Islamic Movement chieftain Sheikh Raad Salah remain popular and receive hefty donations for their “work”;

● it maintains pan-Arab fear and hostility towards the Jews;

● it stimulates religious Islamic fervor;

● and possibly worst of all, it has led much of Israel’s population and most of its political leaders to view any pro-active Jewish steps to actualize their religious/national bonds to the Temple Mount, to the so-called Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and even to the Western Wall itself, as likely to trigger World War III.

The Arabs behind this campaign make sure not to bring up the fact that after Israel liberated the Old City in the 1967 Six-Day War, the late and legendary defense minister Moshe Dayan promptly restored control of the Temple Mount to the Muslims.

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 reside in Beit El.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Illuminating Jeremiah’s Dungeon – And The Temple Mount Myth”

  1. Jewish Press article 31st May 2012.

  2. Jewish Press article 31st May 2012.

  3. When the very people in Zion will dwell in Jerusalem, you will by means weep.He will without fail show you favor at the sound of your outsry;as soon as he hears it he will acrually answer you.Isaiah;30:19.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Tzipi Hotovely, new Deputy Foreign Minister.
Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’
Latest Indepth Stories
Harris-052215

We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.

Shalev and Rabbi Levinger

During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai

MK Moshe-Feiglin

20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse

Sprecher-052215

Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise

Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting

She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes

Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times

Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program

“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me

Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.

The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.

The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.

“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”

The gap isn’t between Israeli and American Jews-it’s between American Jews and the rest of the world

More Articles from Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein / KeepJerusalem.org
Keeping-Jerusalem

48 years ago this week the IDF with heroism & Divine providence liberated our holy capital Jerusalem

Keeping-Jerusalem

“We returned to this Land not in order to be murdered, or uprooted. We came here to be replanted!”

Negotiations with the PA raises fears that some of Jerusalem will be handed over to foreign control

All Zionist parties must demonstrate that a united Jewish Yerushalayim is an absolute imperative

Israel’s full sovereignty over a united Jerusalem is the only path for true peace in the region.

Despite its name, the Muslim Quarter was home to many Jews and 6 yeshivot in the 19th century

A unified Jerusalem’s most threatened by a leading Prime Minister candidate: Labor’s Yitzchak Herzog

As Israel slowly loses its grip on parts of its capital, the Arabs are working to fill the vacuum.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/keeping-jerusalem/illuminating-jeremiahs-dungeon-and-the-temple-mount-myth/2012/05/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: