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US-Born Candidate ‘Caught’ Yearning for Rebuilding Temple

The gist of his words is not the removal of the mosque as much as the building of the Temple.

Jeremy Gimpel

Jeremy Gimpel

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American-born Jeremy Gimpel, the No. 14 candidate on the Jewish Home list, has been “exposed” by a Friday night broadcast of Israel’s Channel 2 news that discovered a speech he carried before a Fellowship Church gathering in Winter Springs, Florida, Nov. 13, 2011. The broadcast clipped 1:12 minutes out of the hour plus video, in which Gimpel speaks hypothetically about putting down the cornerstone for the Third Temple, if, somehow, the Golden Dome mosque which is currently on the mount, were “blown up.”

Gimpel says on the tape that he can’t say “blown up” because he’s being recorded, but them says it anyway: “Imagine if the Golden Dome – I’m being recorded so I can’t say ‘blown up’ – but let’s say the Dome was blown up, right? And we laid the cornerstone of the Temple in Jerusalem.”

The gist of his words is not the removal of the mosque as much as the building of the Temple, which would generate enormous excitement among good Christians everywhere.

We’re enclosing both the minute with the quote and the entire tape, so you can decide for yourselves just how “subversive” Gimpel’s message is. If you ask, me, it’s a simple lesson in physics – if you wish to build one new temple, you will probably have to remove the one that’s standing there. As to the method of instituting this change – I’m open to suggestions.

Naftali Bennett, chairman of Jewish Home, told Israel TV that he is “proud” of Jeremy Gimpel just as he is proud of everyone on his list.

“The lecture was given to a Christian group as I was teaching about the Book of Ezra, a story that happened over 2,000 years ago,” Gimpel told Arutz Sheva Saturday night. “In order to make the story more lively I made a few jokes, and you clearly hear the audience laughing. This is a cheap political attack and I would urge anyone to watch the video in its entirety and decide for yourselves.”

Amnon Abramowitz, the Channel 2 News reporter who is one of the most vehement enemy of the National Religious camp, says he’s committed to exposing the Bennett list as a group of extremists. Except that, just as in the case of Netanyahu and the Likud campaign machine jumping on Bennett for his statement that he would never obey an order to remove a Jew from his home—resulting in a 2-seat boost for Bennett, I suspect that Jewish Home can only benefit from Gimpel’s year-old statement.

Some of us, you see, have been fearing that Bennett is not extreme enough on preserving Judea and Samaria and renewing Jewish services on Temple Mount.


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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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11 Responses to “US-Born Candidate ‘Caught’ Yearning for Rebuilding Temple”

  1. mtrsprt.com says:

    LOL, has Ezrah and Nehemiah returned.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    How would you know?

  3. Gimpel should be more careful of whom he goes to bed with. The enemy of one's enemy often is not ine's friend.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Livni,Olmert,Meretz,Labor and the groveling,godless,perverted,servile Israeli left should ask themselves how far down they are willing to prostrate and surrender to the will of their EU,US,UN gods in order to be loved and accepted as their slaves to implement Israel's collapse and destruction under the Trojan two state final solution ?

  5. Tim Upham says:

    This is so stupid. The Dome of the Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Western Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let them both stay, and keep Jerusalem Jerusalem. The Muslims should not feel desecrated nor ridiculed if Jews are allowed onto the Temple Mount. They can both have access to it, and nobody has to be threatened. Just keep stupid nationalistic politics out of this. Muslims have access to the Dome of the Rock, and Jews can have access to the Temple Mount. Just tell Jeremy Gimpel to grow up, he is not a prophet. I signed this petition, and you can to. Let Israel be a democracy for all:

    http://tiny.cc/eu8shw.

  6. A very positive message. As all positive messages it will have support from the positive and opposition from the negative individuals that hear it.

  7. This guy hit the nail right on the head….Not much to argue here. I think we should help the Palestinians establish themselves in their land JORDAN. Since 80% of Jordanians are Palestinian , those going there from Israel , should be happy to have them.

  8. Misheal Greenwald says:

    With G-D, ALL things are possible.

  9. Misheal Greenwald says:

    With G-D, ALL things are possible.

  10. Misheal Greenwald says:

    you mean Enoch and Elijah?

  11. Misheal Greenwald says:

    There are a lot of UNESCO sites in Israel that PA have disregarded…turn about…

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