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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.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

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.

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. Robbie Goldstein says:

    Dan, that is nothing more than revisionist nonsense.
    Here are some verse which show that the covenant between G-d and the Jews will NEVER end:

    (Ecc 13:14)"Whatever G-d decrees shall be forever; nothing shall be added to it nothing shall be taken away."
    (Is 40:18)" The word of the L-rd shall stand firm forever"
    (Num 19:21)"and it shall be law for all time"
    (Num 15:14)". . .There shall be one law for you and for the Ger(Convert), it shall be a law for all time throughout the ages."
    (Num 15:21)"You shall make a gift to the L-rd from the first yield of your baking, throughout the ages"
    (Ex 31:16)"The Israelites people shall keep the Shabbat, observing the Shabbat throughout the ages as a covenant fro all time."
    (Dt 4:2) "Every word which the I command you. You shall observe and do Thou shalt not add unto it nor diminish it"
    (Ps 119)
    (Dt 4:40) "Observe His laws and commandments, which I enjoin upon you this day, that it may go well with you and your children after you and you may live in the land that the L-rd your G-d is assigning to you for all time."
    (Num 15:23) "All that the L-rd commanded you by the hand of Moses from the day that the L-rd gave commandments and onward throughout your generations."
    (Ex 12:17) "And you shall observe the (commandment of) Unleavened bread . . .you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an ordinance forever."
    (Is 49:14) " But Zion says, The L-rd has forsaken me, and my L-rd has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, even they may forget, but I will not forget you"

    Maybe your pagan idol changes his mind and breaks his word-after stating that HE does not, but the L-rd G-D of Israel, HaShem, does not.

  2. Robbie Goldstein says:

    Sientje Seinen … That is NOT the correct translation of the Original Hebrew and it has NOTHING to do with Jesus what so ever.

    You cannot cherry pick our scripture, mistranslate it, and contort to meet your agenda.

    The chapter refers to HaShem destroying the enemies of Israel for what they have done to the Jewish people- as a whole, including their lust of Jerusalem. Here is the correct translation:

    Zechariah Chapter 12

    1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The saying of the LORD, who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him:

    2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of staggering unto all the peoples round about, and upon Judah also shall it fall to be in the siege against Jerusalem.

    3 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be sore wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it.

    4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with bewilderment, and his rider with madness; and I will open Mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the peoples with blindness.

    5 And the chiefs of Judah shall say in their heart: 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength through the LORD of hosts their God.'

    6 In that day will I make the chiefs of Judah like a pan of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire among sheaves; and they shall devour all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

    7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem be not magnified above Judah.

    8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that stumbleth among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as a godlike being, as the angel of the LORD before them.

    9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

    10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto Me because they have thrust him through; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.

    11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

    12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart: the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

    13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of the Shimeites apart, and their wives apart;
    14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

  3. Grace Acosta says:

    The only wisdom I have is from Torah. THAT is what needs to be spread around.

  4. Dan Silagi says:

    The Arabs should share the al-Aqsa Mosque with all who wish to worship or respectfully visit there. But first, every square inch of the Western Wall needs to be open to all who wish to pray there, without restriction of any kind.

  5. My Torah teaches "never to give up on GOD"! Peace will never be won with bombs and bullets. If peace could be forced upon us then why were we freed from Egypt?

  6. I also wanted to visit the Temple Mount but our Rabbi told us Jews weren't allowed. I was shocked and pissed because we're taught to bring people to prayer not turn them away. MAN is the reason for hate and killing; not GOD!!

  7. Jerry Waxman says:

    I went to miluim 3 times in 7 months for the first Intifada. Chaiya Eitan you have no idea what you are saying, and you definitely do not represent a Jewish viewpoint. Besides that you are wrong, they will never beg for mercy. They will only celebrate their "martyrs" and take advantage of any opportunity to show that Israel has killed children, even if it isn't true. The Jewish Press is wrong, too. Netanyahu, as PM, has a responsibility to protect the lives of everyone in Israel. If violence can be avoided by removing a MK from the Temple Mount, it is a small price worth paying.

  8. Here are three quotes that embody what is going on in Israel:

    He who is merciful with the cruel, will end-up being cruel to the merciful – Kohelet Rabba 7:16

    Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil. – (Isaiah 5,20)

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
    — Benjamin Franklin

    Bibi and his followers are fulfilling these quotes with gusto.

    To Jerry Waxman who said
    “Netanyahu, as PM, has a responsibility to protect the lives of everyone in Israel. If violence can be avoided by removing a MK from the Temple Mount, it is a small price worth paying.”
    Jerry, I don’t care how many times you served miluim, the moment you give up sovereignty over part of your country because of the threat of violence, you have lost the whole country. See Benjamin Franklin’s quote above. Bibi does have a responsibility to protect the lives of everyone in Israel, but to protect those who threaten violence and death (disobey the law) over those who wish free access to the holiest place in the world (obey the law) is wrong on so many levels.

    Bibi is putting the final straws of his political career on the camel’s back. Moshe Feiglin will be the next prime minister of Israel.

  9. Dvorah Bee says:

    we dont have to demand Yori it is our land, our state- have you forgotten that.

  10. Arabs may have many countries. The Muslims have many more. But remember. There is only one Palestine. And only ONE al-Aqsa. Looking forward to meet Muslims from all over the world in al-Aqsa one day…where we all will worship the one Almighty under Islamic Soveregnity. Soon. InshaAllah.

  11. Michael K-n says:

    If "from the muslims" only…

  12. Glenn S Todd says:

    It is getting to a point where I am startin not to believe in Netanyahu. How much more is he going to give in to everyone who is agains the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

  13. Donna Silver says:

    The Temple Mount is located in Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel… so… the 'guardian' is ISRAEL…

  14. Donna Silver says:

    Bibi is the politician … the ones who will stop Iran, whether it goes nuclear or not, are the Israel Defense Forces … when they have to …

  15. Donna Silver says:

    Christ was not Irish … he was Jewish … Christ tried to spread Judaism amongst the non-believers of the day … however even then Christ the Jew paid a heavy price for trying to spread the principles of the TORAH: "One universal God for all humanity … no matter His name … and Freedom from Slavery for all" … for this, Christ was placed on a cross by the mighty Romans who long since have been buried in history … then the non-believers increasingly became Christians and some later on Catholics and the Catholic Church, not wanting to give credit to the Jews for the Principles of Christ, killed thousands of Jews throughout history because the Jews, in fact, knew that JESUS was a Jew and that Christ's principles are Jewish principles that allow people to be Free … so to those who believe in Jesus so much … then why do you not just convert to Judaism as Jesus preached … i am not trying to convert you … i am just trying to understand your great love for JESUS …the Jew …

  16. Donna Silver says:

    i fully agree with Dvorah Bee … call these cowards' bluff! … exactly … the Temple Mount is located in Jerusalem which is the Capital of Israel therefore under the control of Israel, in other words, in plain English … ISRAEL IS THE MANAGER … and none other …
    Bibi keeps saying "we will not be fooled again" … Yo Bibi … wassup we dat?

  17. Donna Silver says:

    the Intifada has never stopped anyway … what the hell is the difference … again, given that the Temple Mount is located in Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, therefore, the logical conclusion is that the Temple Mount is under the control of Israel … and none other … come in peace … no problem …

  18. Donna Silver says:

    Ya Mustafa … Ya Mustafa … Yanabahibek … Ya Mustafa … how much nerve you have … Mustafa … so much nerve you are no fool … but neither am I and neither are many, many Israelis … come in Peace to the Capital of Israel, Jerusalem, and there is no problem for anyone who comes in Peace … teach the Hamas and the Hezbollah and the Fanatical Palestinians about tolerance … especially tolerance of Jews and Israelis … and tell me how well you succeed … and you know this … even better than I do … come on now Mustafa … dare to tell the truth … tell us who really is an intolerant people … Ya Mustafa … Ya Mustafa … Yanabahibek … Ya Mustafa … Peace Brother …

  19. Justhe Facts says:

    I agree. The best way for Feiglin to accomplish his stated goal to " force the Prime Minister to respect the sovereignty of the State of Israel in its capital Jerusalem" would have been to bring the issue to a head by exercising his legal rights.

    If the stated reasons ( security) were correct, he could go next week, or the week after or the week after and call the bluff.

  20. Justhe Facts says:

    All true, but why does he repeatedly do things like this. Does he simply lack courage? or is there something else going on here?

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