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The Deliberate Destruction of the Temple Mount

The nation of Israel is losing its grip on 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.
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The following excerpts are from a recent speech I delivered in the Knesset.

Honorable chairwoman, fellow Knesset members:

For at least the last 10 years I’ve regularly ascended the Temple Mount to visit, to learn and to guide groups. I do so because the Temple Mount is the heart of the nation.

I do so because slowly but surely, the nation of Israel is losing its grip on the Temple Mount. In practice, the sovereignty over the Temple Mount is being transferred to foreign hands, to the Muslim wakf in this case.

When I began to ascend the Temple Mount I noticed that at its southern edge, next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there was a huge heap of unusual wood, huge beams cut square, about 40 or 50 meters long. It wasn’t clear to me what those beams were doing there.

After some time, I understood that I wasn’t the first person whose curiosity was piqued by the pile of beams. The beams were taken out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque sometime during the 1960s. A sample of those beams was taken for a carbon 14 test in order to determine their age, and for a botanical test to determine what type of wood they were. And so, honorable chairwoman, because you are involved with Israel’s heritage, I am sure that you and all those present here will tremble when you will hear what that pile of beams was.

According to the botanical examination, all the beams, without exception, were of cedar wood. They were dated as being 3,500 years old. And so, honorable chairwoman, I ask you as someone who understands Israel’s heritage, what were those beams? What are those beams?

[Chairwoman replies: But I thought that the First Temple, made of cedars, was burned.]

It turns out that not everything was burned. Hiram, the king of Tzor, in the Book of Kings, sends cedar trees to our King Solomon – huge cedar trees, to build the First Temple. And so, honorable chairwoman, we are looking at a huge pile of wood from the First Temple. Fellow Knesset members, the First Temple is sitting at our feet on the Temple Mount today. What do you have to say about that?

You know, quite a few years ago, a 2,000-year-old boat was found in the depths of the Sea of Galilee. A special museum, dedicated to that boat, was built near Kibbutz Ginosar. They called it “the boat of Jesus.”

What do you think should have been done with the wood that was scientifically proven to be the trees sent by Hiram, king of Tzor, to our King Solomon to build the Temple, as described in the Book of Kings? What should have been done with it? What a museum we should have built! What a memorial site we should have erected to house the very foundations of our nation, of the Holy Temple! After all, that is what we are here for. What kept us strong over all the years? What do we exist for? What preserved our connection to the land, made us preserve our national identity? We preserved our identity over all the years, our longing to return to the land of Israel. What if not the Holy Temple? And here it is, sitting before us!

And so, ladies and gentlemen, no museum – not even a small sign. It is not ours; it is the Arabs’. It belongs to the wakf. Slowly but surely, every month that I went to the Temple Mount, the pile got smaller. It was taken from place to place, dispersed between all sorts of garbage dumps – until it disappeared. All that are left are two or three beams that are currently thrown at the entrance of the Gate of Mercy. And do you think that this is the only such instance? Not at all!

During Ehud Barak’s term as prime minister of Israel, the Moslem wakf began to dig the largest mosque in the Middle East – in the depths of the Temple Mount. Because we dare not eternalize, let alone dig and make an archeological investigation of what is going on there, many tens – if not more – of truckloads of supremely archeological earth, if I can call it such, were dumped into the Kidron Valley. Today, in a project in which that earth is being combed through, they are finding relics of the First and Second Temples, which were dumped in the garbage.

What does this say about us, a nation that turns its back on the very bedrock of its deepest physical and spiritual existence? We sit here in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem. What does all this mean when we throw our very foundations in every direction?

I think that this is a national issue of prime importance. I do not think that it should be deliberated upon in a Knesset committee, but in the Knesset plenum. I request an authorization for a deliberation on this issue here in the plenum. Thank you.

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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21 Responses to “The Deliberate Destruction of the Temple Mount”

  1. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    I find it very difficult to believe wood could last 3500 years when exposed to the elements.

  2. Isn’t it odd how the whole world has turned on Israel and simply REFUSE to take full account of factual evidence? One only has to go through history from the Biblical perspective and look at the worldly facts. Several people say that Israel never REALLY existed in ancient times in Jerusalem and never had their temple there. Okay, so what do the facts bear out? OBJECTIVELY and HONESTLY look at the arch that depicts Rome's victory in 70 AD over Israel and see the implements of the old Jewish temple being taken by Rome(see the link below). Then with that factual information, realize that Israel factually existed in Jerusalem in 70 AD and that God’s Temple was real.(shown below in the link). They are not occupying Islamic land. They have been returned as a nation to their home land just as God in the Bible said he would in the latter days. Do we really think that ANCIENT ROME built the arch in Rome just to fool Muslim people in the future? Islam did not exist in 70 AD at the time of this battle. Rome built that arch as bragging rights and to remember their victory. They then renamed the area from Israel to Palestine, in a failed effort to end the memory of Israel. It of course did not work and Israel has now been restored by God as he promised. Here is a link to see the actual arch in ROME that was made in 70 AD after the sacking of Jerusalem by Titus of Rome. Notice the Menora from the temple in Jerusalem. This is factual evidence left from Rome, the ENEMY.
    of Israel, that still stands in Rome today and can be seen by anyone. This is older than the muslim religion. http://www.scholarscorner.com/museums/titus.htm
    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. Anonymous says:

    Sad, very sad. May Hashem bring us to our senses!

  4. Netanyahu, you traitor! give us back our heritage!

  5. Netanyahu, you traitor! give us back our heritage!

  6. Sarah Rosenblum says:

    I agree, however, what I have read from other articles, these beams have been dug up from under the mount by the Arabs, where they have been preserved all these years.

  7. Samuel Ramos says:

    These ancient artifacts of Hebrew History must be preserved, and not discarded like so much rubbish.

  8. They dont give a F about Temple, or our heritage… the religion changed from HaShem to Money/Ego or… The Hiram was mentioned…hm hmm which Architect of the universe is celebrated in their"templ"(s)? I'm @lmost sure from their deeds and behavior that Judaism is not their "religion" @nymore.

  9. The Guardian says:

    Dump Netanyahu. Dump Likud. End the Muslim Occupation.

  10. I think Oak lasts a very long time.Venice is supported by oak posts in the water.

  11. Tim Upham says:

    The Dome of the Rock is an UNESCO World Heritage site, so is the Western Wall. Both lie in Jerusalem, which is the capital of Israel. That is satisfactory to me.

  12. Judy Rempe says:

    The only satisfactory thing in my mind is that Jerusalem becomes a unified home land once more for the Jews – AND the temple mount returned to its rightful owner – The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  13. Yes and lies and peeing on the Temple Mount even with little girls that have to go will not help us.

    With negotiations under way any accord will threaten and end Israeli token control.

    Time to pray.

  14. Denese Kelly says:

    Build the Temple with the beams so Hashim has his house. Destroy the Dome it does not belong there.G-d is waiting.

  15. Denese Kelly says:

    Build the Temple with the beams so Hashim has his house. Destroy the Dome it does not belong there.G-d is waiting.

  16. Human Rights says:

    Eren, do you suggest that the Muslim religious sites should be replaced by the 3rd Temple?

  17. Human Rights says:

    Eren, do you suggest that the Muslim religious sites should be replaced by the 3rd Temple?

  18. Human Rights , the muslim sites are built on the grounds of the second and third temples….and every day you continue to build more mosques while whining about our settlements…tell you what, we'll build the third temple in Judea….give us the third temple, and we'll stop trying to fight for the holy site that you people desecrate with garbage and soccer….why would you even throw trash on a holy site….that's evil, even for Islam and its habit of urinating on Non-muslim sites

  19. Jean Pierre Katz , maybe the third temple should be built in Judea?

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