web analytics
August 21, 2014 / 25 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Temple Mount: Police at Breaking Point

While the Temple Mount evokes such strong Muslim emotions, it is no longer clear that it does the same for most Jews.
Muslim mobs force police to eject Jews from Temple Mount on Monday, the day before Tisha B'Av

Muslim mobs force police to eject Jews from Temple Mount on Monday, the day before Tisha B'Av
Photo Credit: Screenshot

With all the talk of ongoing Israel-PA negotiations and imminent agreements on splitting Jerusalem, and/or withdrawing from the Jordan Valley and/or creating a 23rd Arab state between Jordan and the Mediterranean, one critical aspect seems to be creating its own reality: The Temple Mount, site of the holy Temples in Jerusalem.

At present, the Mount is living a dual and contradictory existence: Out of sight and out of mind for most Jews, yet considered the most volatile spot in the entire Middle East, with the potential to detonate the entire area. Listen to what the Islamic Movement in Israel – a barely legal extremist organization – says. Its vice-chairman Sheikh Kamal Al-Hatib announced that the “Palestinian nation will rise up to protect the Al Aksa Mosque” and that the mosque is “the mouth of a volcano [that] threatens to explode.” This particular sheikh serves in the Islamic Movement under Sheikh Raad Salach, who was convicted last week of anti-Israel incitement, and not for the first time.

Yet while the Temple Mount evokes such strong Muslim emotions, it is no longer clear that it does the same for most Jews. It is told that the saintly Rav Kook and Rav Sonnenfeld, on their “outreach” horse-and-wagon trip to the Galilee settlements 100 years ago, met up with a Jew who insisted he would have to continue to desecrate the Sabbath. While Rav Sonnenfeld told the man he could barely be considered Jewish under such circumstances, Rav Kook emphasized to the man that he had a Jewish spark that simply had to be ignited. He asked the man, “What would you do if you heard that a Jew, filled with love of the Land of Israel, had purchased the entire Temple Mount, razed the whole thing, and planted an orchard there?” The man answered with emotion, “I would destroy that entire orchard with zealous rage, to protest such a vile act!” Rav Kook replied, “Didn’t I tell you that you have the fire of Jewish holiness in your heart?”

How many Jews would pass that test today?

How many know that religious Jews who try to visit the Temple Mount – after having immersed in a mikveh and taken the other necessary halachic precautions – are singled out by the Israel Police while walking up to the Mount and given special treatment: Arbitrary delays, extra checks of their identity cards and papers, extra guards to make sure they do not move their lips in prayer, and restraining orders against their more prominent members.

While this treatment is disheartening, to say the least, much of it might actually soon change. In a fascinating interview with the Makor Rishon newspaper, two guards stationed on the Mount said that the police discrimination against religious Jews could very well stop – if the Temple Mount Loyalists and other like-minded groups keep up their pressure.

“The police are nearing their breaking point,” one said. “If more and more religious Jews come, and the police continue to check them carefully, the police won’t be able to handle it – especially as when recently they tried to show for a short time that they were impartial and asked tourists for their passports as well.”

He said that even the police now realize that Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount doesn’t endanger anyone. “The police know how to provide protection, and when the Supreme Court orders them to do it, they will do it very well. The only thing needed now is a bit more pressure. Even today, the Temple Mount groups have brought the police to a point at which they have difficulty functioning.”

The police have long warned that any outwardly Jewish act on the Mount is likely to cause something near a world war – but in practice, one of the guards said, “even when an Israeli flag was unfurled there three weeks ago, nothing happened; it just doesn’t interest the Arabs. They’re busy with other things, but the police make a big deal out of it.”

“Within the police department itself,” the second guard said, “there is a lot of tension.” As an example, he told how a young man was forbidden from visiting the holy site because he had an army uniform rolled up in his backpack. The man turned out to be a reporter for Army Radio, and he dutifully reported the story to his listeners. “The very next day,” the guard said, “a storm broke out among the police,” including mutual recriminations, the suspension of a guard, and the transfer of a policeman.

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.


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 “Temple Mount: Police at Breaking Point”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    Israel should not be arresting Jews for praying, be they the Women of the Wall or the Temple Mount Faithful.

  2. who are the jews praying too?

  3. The Altar will soon be re-established and the morning and evening sacrifices with it. Then the Assyrian will shut down the Altar and the people of this world will be given roughly 36 months to repent.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
US President Barack Obama speaking on the phone last month aboard Air Force One.
US Reveals Failed Summer Mission to Rescue Captured Journalist
Latest Indepth Stories
ZIM Piraeus in happier days. (Image: ShipSpotting.com user b47b56)

ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally, it is Greek operated.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Foolish me, thinking the goals were the destruction of Hamas thereby giving peace a real chance.

Sgt. Sean Carmeli, ZT"L

The free-spirted lifestyle didn’t hold your interest; the needs of your people did.

And why would the U.S. align itself on these issues with Turkey and Qatar, longtime advocates of Hamas’s interests?

Several years ago the city concluded that the metzitzah b’peh procedure created unacceptable risks for newborns in terms of the transmission of neo-natal herpes through contact with a mohel carrying the herpes virus.

The world wars caused unimaginable anguish for the Jews but God also scripted a great glory for our people.

Judging by history, every time Hamas rebuilds their infrastructure, they are stronger than before.

His father asked him to read Psalms from the Book of Tehilim every day.

(Reposted with permission from author’s website) Moderate truth-teller Daniel Pipes (Dream) has further moderated his stance on Islam by actually entertaining the idea of “Moderate Islamism”, with Andrew C. McCarthy- whom I’ve debated about this- giving it some credence. We’ve gone from Naming the Enemy -Nazism, Communism- to Renaming the Enemy – “Islamic Totalitarianism”, “Radical Islam”, “Islamism”, […]

Maimonides: “Your 1 mitzva may tip the scales and bring redemption to the entire world and creation”

Jerusalem has been aware of the importance of China to its growth and security.

In other words, how by any rational playbook can one even begin to explain anti-Semitism?

Israel has nine Iron Domes, but you Mr. Hannity are the tenth.

Entire movements within “orthodoxy” propagate a Judaism of outlandish folklore and Jewish mysticism

The Rebbetzin began campaigning to increase public awareness of the importance of saying Amen.

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

Arab mother: “Life is zero, life is worthless. That is why we have all the suicide bombers;”

Keeping-Jerusalem

Our capital was not arbitrarily chosen, as capitals of some other nations were.

Jerusalem: The historic and spiritual capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

It is critical to note the solid legal basis for the position that no part of Jerusalem is actually “occupied.”

Jerusalem: extraordinary financial and building growth and satisfaction by both Jewish and Arab residents.

Arab attacks on Jews must be stopped and Jewish construction in Jerusalem must proceed without hindrance.

The Arab world is simply not built to accept the existence of Israel in its midst.

Under the plan, a person who was not a citizen of either the Jewish or Arab state was to be appointed governor to administer Jerusalem and to conduct external affairs…

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/keeping-jerusalem/temple-mount-police-at-breaking-point/2013/11/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: