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Bibi Capitulates to Muslim Threats, Orders Feiglin Off Temple Mount

The Waqf threatened Netanyahu with "World War Three" should Feiglin go on the Mount on Monday.

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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For the past ten years, MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beitenu) has been visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on the 19th of the Hebrew month, every month. But on Sunday, April 28, 2013, Feiglin received a phone call from Deputy Commander Moshe Barkat, Chief of the Israeli Police David Precinct, which includes the Old City of Jerusalem.

He informed me that, on direct order from the prime minister, I would not be permitted to enter the Mount tomorrow,” MK Feiglin wrote in his Facebook page.

A source close to Feiglin told The Jewish Press that the deputy commander told the MK that the Waqf, the Jordanian charity organization which runs the Temple Mount, warned the Prime Minister’s office that should Feiglin go up on the Mount on Monday, it would “start World War Three.”

No one wants that. Except that the same Waqf has been cautioning about new world wars frequently, and is often involved in organizing, rather than trying to prevent them.

According to Feiglin, the prime minister has no legal authority to give such an order, because it violates three basic laws:

1. Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, which gives each person freedom of movement, and requires the state to protect this right.

2. Basic Law: The Knesset, which grants every MK complete immunity in carrying out his duties.

3. Basic Law: Jerusalem, which says: “The sacred sites shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the religionists to the sites they hold sacred, or their feelings concerning those sites.”

Also: “Any and all authority applying to the area of Jerusalem that is granted by law to the State of Israel or the Jerusalem Municipality, shall not be transferred to a foreign entity, political or governmental, whether permanently or temporarily.”

“The only legal way to prevent me from going up to the Temple Mount tomorrow (without changing existing law),” says MK Feiglin, “is if, in the opinion of the officer in charge of the place there exists an immediate, clear and present danger.”

But, having given him the warning a full day in advance, Feiglin argues, security forces should have ample time—had the prime minister only told them so—to organize and prevent dangerous gathering and violence.

According to MK Feiglin, the Prime Minister’s decision “confirms what I was told by the police command when I asked to tour the Dome of the Rock, that the Temple Mount is under Muslim sovereignty.”

This unfortunate decision, writes Feiglin, can be added to reports this week about transferring broad supervisory authority to UNESCO in Jerusalem, as well as the reality of a de facto construction freeze in Jerusalem, as Housing Minister Uri Ariel warned last week.

The source close to Feiglin says the MK will obey Netanyahu’s directive, but that as of tomorrow Feiglin would no longer be voting the Likud-Beitenu party line.

“When, just before Jerusalem Liberation Day, the Prime Minister orders an Israeli Knesset member that—contrary to Israeli law— he not to go up to the Temple Mount, it means that the Prime Minister has officially and openly revoked Israeli sovereignty on the Mount and given it to the Muslim Waqf,” MK Feiglin wrote.

“This is an entirely new situation, more severe than before, and I must consider now how to force the Prime Minister to respect the sovereignty of the State of Israel in its capital Jerusalem,” he concluded.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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81 Responses to “Bibi Capitulates to Muslim Threats, Orders Feiglin Off Temple Mount”

  1. Wise move by Netanyahu. The al-aqsa belongs to the muslims, and this will always be the case. Israel must first show that you are willing to share the land with the Palestinians. Show that you have the capability to tolerate other people, before you try to force your way into a muslim holy site.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    We already shared — the Arabs received 2/3 of the Jewish Homeland promised us by the Allies in 1920. It's called Jordan. How much more do you want to share? We have a spare room in my house, you want that, too?

  3. Its the Palestinians that need to demonstrate that they are willing to share the land. Under Abbas, they still teach in their schools that Jews are descendants of Apes and pigs, that the Holocaust was conflated just so that the Jews could have Israel and it's the Palestinians who keep rejecting offers by Israel for peace. The PA still teaches that the Jews have no right to the land.

  4. Its the Palestinians that need to demonstrate that they are willing to share the land. Under Abbas, they still teach in their schools that Jews are descendants of Apes and pigs, that the Holocaust was conflated just so that the Jews could have Israel and it's the Palestinians who keep rejecting offers by Israel for peace. The PA still teaches that the Jews have no right to the land.

  5. What? Feiglin will agree not to go up. Let him go. He has immunity. Feiglin should not cave in.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Muslims tolerate no one but they demand civilized peoples tolerate them. Muslims think they are not just mad dogs howling at the moon god, Allah.

  7. Philip Moran says:

    Has Bibi no shame? This is red line that cannot be crossed. A Jewish spring must happen now!

  8. Dan Steeves says:

    Jerusalem and its sacred sites stopped being sacred when the roman legions under Titus burned the city and the temple in 70 C.E. in fulfillment of Christ's prophecies in Mathew 24:1,2 and Luke 19:43,44.

  9. Grace Acosta says:

    Every time I hear of the madness in this world, I pray even harder for MOSHIACH NOW!

  10. Gil Gilman says:

    Your self-praise is noticed, but your reasoning is oblique at best, Mustafa. There is no way you can guarantee al-aqsa will always belong to the muslims…supposing a bomb landed on it, during the threatened WWWIII, totally obliterating it.

  11. Gil Gilman says:

    The threat is plain silly. The waqf can blather any ridiculous thing they care, but starting WWWIII is not within their purview. The response shows some other politics at work here. Maybe Likud does not want Moshe's support.

  12. And Bibi is going to stop Iran from going nuclear? He is a disaster to Israel.

  13. Dan Steeves says:

    Jerusalem and its sacred sites stopped being sacred when the roman legions under general Titus burned the city and the temple in the year 70 in fulfilment of Jesus prophecy in Matthew 24:1,2 and Luke 19:42-44. All the genealogical records were destroyed during this destruction so how can any modern day jew prove he really is a jew?

  14. Has Anyone Read the EAST GATE Prophecy?> if NOT YOU SHOULD! Jesus Bless Israel is Gods Time Line.

  15. They will not start World war3. Just stupid Muslim threats. Savage Muslims. Feiglin should go. Bibi just caved in. Muslims love that. I am disappointed with Bibi.An in response to Mustafa the site belonged to the Jews first This is where the second temple was built and then destroyed by the Romans. Muslims should learn to share.All they can do is bark.

  16. Both Muslims and Christians claim that Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed and the Jewish people were scattered, exiled, persecuted and killed, because they rejected Jesus as the Messiah, as he claims: "because you did not know the time of your visitation" (Luke 19:41-44, 21:20,24, Matthew 24:1-3,34, Mark 13:2).

    THE SECOND DOOM: Quran, Al-Isra; Surah 17:103-104 "So he (Pharaoh) resolved to remove them (Moses and his people) from the face of the earth: but We did drown him and all who were with him. And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, "Dwell securely in the land (of promise)": but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd. (YUSUFALI).

    Qur'an, Al-Isra; Surah 17:7 "If ye did well, ye did well for yourselves; if ye did evil, (ye did it) against yourselves. So when the second of the warnings came to pass, (We permitted your enemies, Titus and his army) to disfigure your faces, and to enter your Temple as they (Nebuchadnezzar) had entered it before, and to visit with destruction all that fell into their power. (YUSUFALI). Muslims say that the second doom was due to the rejection of the Message of Jesus. Titus the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70.

    The truth is however, what the Torah and the true prophets of Israel say, that Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed and the Jewish people were scattered, exiled, persecuted and killed, because they rejected the Torah. Deuteronomy 28:49-52 foreshadows the destruction of Israel by Rome, which would "come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee…" (v 15).

    WHAT DOES THE TORAH AND THE PROPHETS SAY? Leviticus 26:14-16,31 " But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments; and if ye shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor Mine ordinances, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but break My covenant; I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over you,.. And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours."

    1 Kings 9:6-9 " But if you and your children turn away from following Me, and you will not adhere to My commandments and My statutes, which I have placed before you, but go and worship other gods and bow before them. Then I will cut Israel off, from the land which I have given to them, and this house which I have made sacrosanct for My Name will I dismiss from My presence, and Israel shall be for a proverb and a byword among all nations.

    And this Temple [which] is exalted, [shall become forlorn] and every passerby shall be astounded and will hiss, and they will say: "Why has the Lord done this to this country and to this Temple?" They will be told, "Because they abandoned the Lord, their God, Who delivered their forefathers out of the Land of Egypt; and took hold of other gods and bowed to them and served them. Therefore, has the Lord brought all this retribution upon them."

    See also Deut. 29:23-28, II Chr. 7:19-22, Jer. 22:1-9, Ch. 44, Hosea 4:6, 6:6, Amos 2:4-5.

    THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FIRST TEMPLE: II Kings Ch. 25 "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem…" II Chr. 36:19-20 " And they burned the House of God, and they demolished the wall of Jerusalem, and all its palaces they burned with fire, and destroyed all its precious vessels. And he exiled the survivors from the sword to Babylon, and they became vassals to him and to his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia." See also Lamentations 2:1-10.

    In Daniel Ch. 9, Daniel begins his prayer with the confession of sin expressing our deep shame and contrition over the misdemeanors that have led to our national exile. Daniel's prayer is designed to guide us to internalize the bitter lesson and moral of the destruction of the Temple and the exile, which came about exactly as the Torah had warned. See also Nehemiah Ch. 9.

    In the prophetic writings, Israel's possession of the Land of Israel is conditional on their observance of the commandments of God's Torah, and it was their sins – in particular their lapse into idolatry – that caused their exile from the Land. It was not that they did not believe in HaShem. Their flaw was to serve intermediaries (II Kings 17).

  17. Dvorah Bee says:

    Bibi should not give in, call these cowards bluff!

  18. Dvorah Bee says:

    no it is ours and we are going to reclaim it

  19. What is really wrong with the Israeli People? Has the Prime Minister really gone mad? The Temple Mount is the holiest site for all the Jewish People, not the Muslims or anyone else. Just kick the Waqf off of the Mount and declare the land to be forever in Israel, and stop being Pussies.

  20. Dvorah Bee says:

    I cant believe this, they are challenging and provoking us, trying to start someting

  21. Moishe Sachs says:

    The destruction of the Temple & our exile doesn't mean that Israel is no longer sacred; that's a lie.
    You left out Mark 13:2. All 3 of these are clearly an example of a false prophecy of your false Jesus (the actual person was a Jewish hero willing to die fighting the Roman savages to re-establish the Jewish commonwealth, not the Jew-hating false messiah god he was turned into by some — see Kosher Jesus) making a false prophecy. He supposedly stated that not one stone would be left on another in Jerusalem (buildings, plural, not just the temple, which has the Western wall of the Temple still today with 12 stories of stones on top of each other (counting from the bottom stone some 9 stories down).

  22. Moishe Sachs says:

    We're talking about a prime minister, who like his predecessors, chose the murder, dismemberment, & loss of precious properties of his own compatriots rather than exercise Israel's legal right to repatriate the genocidal Arab Muslims illegally occupying land west of the Jordan in contradiction to the Balfour Declaration, San Remo Conference, 1922 proclamations, Israel's 1948 civil war victory, & the 1967 redemption of their land.

  23. Moishe Sachs says:

    Netanyahu, you continue your misguided capitulation to your existential enemies at the cost of your nation. You are, of course, a traitor & gravely endanger Israel. You know very well that these genocidal Arab Muslims will never stop their lies, murder, & savagery to accomplish their highest aspiration, Israel's destruction. You'll get nothing of actual substance from this suicidal move. You'll get increased disdain from Muslims who see this, as you well know, as weakness, foolishness, & their devil god Allah's victory. You're evil, not just for this move, but for allowing the death, dismemberment, & loss of precious properties of tens of thousands of innocent people west of the Jordan River instead of exercising Israel's legal right to repatriate the genocidal Arab Muslims back to Jordan & Egypt. They were allowed to remain on Israel's side of the border following the Six-day War, which allowed them to murder & dismember & pillage the neighborhoods of tens of thousands of innocent people. Now, they're far more of an existential threat than 45 years ago; and YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE. You're reprehensible and do not represent the abiding beliefs of the majority of good Israelis, who, because of your horrific political system that elects suicidal cowards like you, have never had their will done. http://www.palwatch.org

  24. The genealogies of the twelve tribes of Israel were not stored in the Temple and they were never destroyed.

    Moreover, the majority of the Jewish people did not live in Israel during the first century and their genealogical records would have been unaffected by the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 C.E.



  25. According to the prophet Zechariah v. 14:21; the Temple Mount which embodies the struggle between Isaac and Ishmael, indicates that the Temple Mount in the immediate future will no longer be in the hands of aliens.

    We may presume that the Temple Mount soon no longer will be insulted by being called merely the "third holiest place" of a tradition that does not recognize the name of HaShem or Moses his prophet. Rather, the Temple Mount will be the central focus of the entire world, from which the Torah – the word of HaShem – will go forth to all parts of the globe (Michah Ch. 4, Isaiah 2:2-4).

    The nations of the world will stream to seek out God and His Torah in the Temple in Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:20-23). "For My house shall be called the House of Prayer for all the nations (Isaiah 56:7).

    "A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah, all of them shall come from Sheba; gold and frankincense they shall carry, and the praises of the Lord they shall report. All the sheep of Kedar shall be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall serve you; they shall be offered up with acceptance upon My altar, and I will glorify My glorious house” (Isaiah 60:6-7).

    We will welcome Hagar/Keturah's descendants; Midian and Ephah (Genesis 25:1-4), and Ishmael's sons, Nebayoth, the firstborn, and Kedar, the second son (25:13), mentioned together here.

    We eagerly await the day when all the flocks of sheep of Kedar (ARABIA) will be gathered to be offered as sacrifices on God's Altar in "the House of My glory" (Isaiah 60:7) – i.e. the coming Holy Temple! Aimen! May it come speedily in our days :)

  26. Jeff Hunton says:

    Time to get rid of that dome

  27. Cathy Sherman says:

    Dvorah Bee

  28. I love the Anointed Leader of Israel~ and whatever the Prime Minister does I believe that He has searched with His Heart as well as with the Laws of the Torah in doing what He deems is best for Israel~.

  29. Arabs have over 38 Countries, and Israel has shared too much land, so much that even Jewish families have been moved from their homes for Arabs. But Arab maps do not show Israel and they want all of it. Sorry but YHUH made it for the Jews first. And it goes against Torah to give it away when it has been given unto the Children of Israel. So be glad that modern Israel is not Torah obedient that you should take what is not rightfully yours to begin with!

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