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Letter to Netanyahu: Who Really Owns Temple Mount?

I was surprised to learn that the MK Miri Regev-led Knesset Interior Committee and I, a Knesset member, were not allowed to visit the Temple Mount.
MK Moshe Feiglin (3rd from left) visiting Temple Mount in early 2013.

MK Moshe Feiglin (3rd from left) visiting Temple Mount in early 2013.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Shalom u’verachah.

I was pleased to hear in your answer to my question at the recent [Likud] faction meeting that the agreements between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem issues are insignificant because the state of Israel is the exclusive sovereign power on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

Despite that, I was surprised to learn that the MK Miri Regev-led Knesset Interior Committee and I, a Knesset member, were not allowed to visit the Temple Mount due to security considerations. Can’t the police enforce the law and allow members of Israel’s Knesset – who represent the sovereign power on the Mount – to visit there? And if the police are too lazy to do so, why don’t you, the prime minister of Israel, direct them to allow Knesset members to ascend the Mount so that we may perform our duty there as representatives of the sovereign power?

It is impossible to not think that the reason that I was personally barred from the Temple Mount, as were Knesset committee members, is because in the eyes of the wakf we represent Jewish sovereignty on the Mount. I wonder how the wakf’s threats to riot if we visit the Temple Mount actually dictate your approach to the issue. How is it that you, the prime minister of Israel, break these laws of the state of Israel: the Immunity for MKs Law, the Jerusalem Law, and the Personal Honor and Freedom Basic Law? How do you surrender, de facto, our sovereignty in the very heart of our eternal capital, Jerusalem – because of the wakf’s threats?

This apprehensiveness can raise many doubts as to the ability of your government to deal with much larger and greater powers than the wakf.

I know that you did not create the difficult situation on the Temple Mount, but continuing to bury our heads in the sands of security considerations creates a situation in which the government of Israel loses its sovereignty at the rock of our existence. If you do not clearly act to change the situation, you are liable to find yourself going down in history as the prime minister under whom Israel lost its sovereignty over the Temple Mount.

I am sure that the Israeli police and security services will know how to prevent any disturbances or to nip them in the bud if and when you direct them to do so.

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


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5 Responses to “Letter to Netanyahu: Who Really Owns Temple Mount?”

  1. The next time you visit, maybe you visit with 20 armed Military men, a judge, and a court order? Is that what it takes? I hope not, but yes, this has been wrong for a very long time. This land is Israel's. God gave it to them thousands of years ago and it's a deed that is to last forever.

  2. This all just keeps getting worse! Wars are raging all over the world today just as the Bible stated that they would in the end times. Now we have trouble in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, N. Korea, Libya, and on and on the list goes! Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedy used Chemical and Bio weapons against his own people and has threatened to use them against other nations in the past. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  3. Thank you for yowhat is my way of living and calling me daily your daily reports regarding Life in Israel.
    I have been reading it daily and passing on to my friends.
    for your Information, C Hkluk and C. Kluk is the same person, I used the 2nd name as I did not want people to know my Family and Friends and make a nuisance of themselves.
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  4. Tim Upham says:

    Maybe it is not you ascending Temple Mount that is so offensive, but you wanting to bribe Palestinians U.S. $500,000 per family to leave the West Bank.

  5. Yes.. because sending politicians to a holy Muslim Temple that Israeli leaders have been threatening to tear down and rebuild a Jewish Temple in it's place for the last 80 years isn't at all incendiary. But thus is the price of an oppressive occupation. Get in there.. I'm sure you'll break their human spirit.
    real good.

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