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MK Glick to Petition High Court Against Netanyahu Temple Mount Obstruction

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Rebellion in the Likud ranks: On Wednesday, MK Yehuda Glick announced his plan to petition the Supreme Court against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the latter’s barring of Knesset members and cabinet ministers from ascending too the Temple Mount, Srugim reported. The prohibition has taken effect close to the start of the current wave of terror, dubbed “the Al Aqsa intifada” by the Arabs, who claim to have started the violence in response to a Jewish conspiracy to destroy the Temple Mount mosque.

A suit by a rank and file MK against the leader of his party is extremely rare. Should Glick persist with his petition he is likely to be sanctioned by his Knesset faction, the Likud, and be barred from speaking from the podium and submitting bills. He might also be dismissed from the Knesset, should the leadership be able to enlist sufficient support from the members. He could also be tried by the Likud internal court.

Before assuming the legislator’s mantle, Glick made his living as tour guide on the Temple Mount, and in October 24 was the victim of an assassination attempt because of his promotion of Jewish access to the holy site.

This is the second time Netanyahu has blocked MKs from entering the sacred compound. During the 19th Knesset, the PM prevented MKs Uri Ariel and Shuli Mualem (Habayit Hayehudi) and Moshe Feiglin and Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) from ascending. The reason Glick is irate this time is the fact that Jerusalem police have announced they no longer see the need to stop MKs from entering the Temple Mount, but Netanyahu persists in his refusal to open the gates to them.

When he became a member of Knesset, about half a year ago, Glick justified the prohibition, which was pinned on attempts by Arab MKs to stir up riots on the Temple Mount. The last time Glick has been to the site was on the day before his swearing in as MK.

David Israel

Russian MP Affirms Jews’ Temple Mount Ties, Foreign Minister Calls Israel’s UNESCO Reaction ‘Over the Top’

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A delegation of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday held meetings at the Russian Federation Council — the upper house of the country’s Federal Assembly. Addressing the criticism of Russia’s vote in favor of UNESCO’s resolution which ignores the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, said Russia has never questioned the Jews’ right to the Temple Mount, nor has it questioned the right of others to the holy site.

However, in late October, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told TASS that Israel’s emotional approach to resolutions of UNESCO on Jerusalem is “not quite justified,” suggesting the Israelis’ “emotions are over the top.”

“Israelis have a sensitive attitude toward that issue,” he said, “But this time we felt that Israelis’ emotions are a bit over the top in that issue,” Gatilov said, adding that “in this regard, the excessively emotional approach of Israel is not quite justified.”

Knesset Committee Chairman MK Avi Dichter (Likud), and MKs Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beitenu), Eyal Ben-Reuven (Zionist Camp) and Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), and their hosts stressed the importance of the relations between the countries, as well as the need to continue the diplomatic and security dialogue and continue developing the economic, cultural and technological ties.

The talks also focused on Israel’s and Russia’s mutual interest in seeking regional stability and combating terror, and ideas on how to cooperate were discussed.

As to the Russian government’s decision on paying working pensions to Israelis who immigrated from the former Soviet Union, the officials said the decision is supposed to be approved by the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) and the Federation Council by the end of the year.

The delegation also met with the Russia-Israel Friendship Association, and attended a dinner hosted by the Israeli ambassador. The dinner was also attended by four chairpersons of committees in the State Duma and the Federation Council, as well as by Russia’s chief rabbi.

On Tuesday the MKs are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Moscow, with President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, with members of the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Defense Committee, and with the deputy head of the National Security Council.

David Israel

Public Security Minister: Israel Discriminates Against Jews on Temple Mount

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The first Seekers of Zion conference, aimed at tightening the connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount, was held in the Knesset on Monday under the banner of “Jerusalem of Peace,” on the second anniversary of the assassination attempt on MK and Temple activist Yehuda Glick.

Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs, and Information Gilad Erdan (Likud) told the conference that “our right to the Temple Mount is indisputable, and no international entity can rewrite our history. The Temple Mount is the most sacred site to the Jewish nation and that cannot be changed.”

Having said that, Erdan admitted that “today’s status quo on the Temple Mount discriminates against the Jewish people. That is the truth. When I took office [the Waqf] limited the access of Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount based on racial and religious profiling, they came up close to them in an intimidating manner, let no one have any illusions about this — everything there was arranged, timed and paid for.”

“Together with the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister, and the cabinet, I led decisions to ban the Almoravid and Morabitat (separate male and female fanatical Islamic groups), and to ban the northern branch of the Islamic Movement,” Erdan continued. “My job is to secure the visitors ascending the Temple Mount, Jews, Christians and Muslims. The status quo discriminates against Jews. I’m glad there’s been a significant rise in the number of visitors on the Temple Mount.”

Turning to Glick, Minister Erdan said, “I think your victory, Yehuda, against those decrepit terrorists, is first of all the fact that more Jews are ascending the Temple Mount.” He added, “We believe that religion can be a source of reconciliation for people.”

Former MK Moshe Feiglin told the audience that “when we retreated in our hold on the Temple Mount, we retreated in our hold over the entire land.” He cited poet Uri Zvi Greenberg who wrote, “Whomever governs the mountain governs the land.”

Feiglin noted that when the nation lost its hold over the Temple mount, “we got the wave of knifings, we got a weakening of our hold on the rest of the neighborhood of Jerusalem, terrorist attacks in remote villages, rockets in Sderot, Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv, and our hold over the land continues to weaken.”

“Why the heck are we complaining against UNESCO who says we have no connection to the Mountain,” Feiglin asked, “when every Israeli government, especially this most recent one and especially this most recent prime minister are voting with their feet that we, indeed, have no ties to the mountain.”

Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) called for the speedy arrangement of of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, and the sooner the better.

Conference speakers included Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein; Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Ze’ev Elkin; Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel; Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely; and Sheikh Ahmad Riyadh.

David Israel

Does the UNESCO Resolution REALLY Nullify Jewish Ties to Temple Mount? Yes, it Does.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, Elder of Ziyon}

Electronic Intifada and idiot blogger Richard Silverstein both claim that the UNESCO resolution passed last week actually does not deny any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.

They mention (correctly) that the resolution affrims “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions,” which presumably includes Judaism.

However, in regard to the Temple Mount itself, the resolution says the “Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif, as reflected in the historic status quo, [is] a Muslim holy site of worship.”

Silverstein (who refers to the site as “the Haram” exclusively and falsely claims “When I was last in Israel in 1980, I visited the Haram and it was a peaceful place of worship for all who visited, including Jews)* argues that the resolution “simply doesn’t address the issue” of Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.

Ah, but it does – by omission.

Because the resolution refers to two other “Palestinian” holy sites, the Ma’arat HaMachpelah and Kever Rochel. And in both of those cases, while it mentions their Arabic titles first, it does identify them as the “Tomb of the Patriarchs” and “Rachel’s Tomb.” And it specifically says that both of those sites “are of religious significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”

Clearly, the authors of the resolution are not denying the Jewish ties to those holy sites, even if they minimize those ties.

Given that, the lack of mentioning any Jewish (or Christian) connection to the Temple Mount, and the refusal to use any other name but the Muslim names for the site, are clearly deliberate and an attempt to frame the site as exclusively Muslim and having nothing to do with Judaism.

Elder of Ziyon

UNESCO Passes Resolution Denying Jewish Ties To Temple Mount

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural body, passed a resolution last week that condemns Israeli actions at Jerusalem’s holy sites and ignores any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall complex.

Calling the vote “another hallucinatory decision” by the group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “To say that Israel has not connection to the Temple and the Western Wall is like saying
that China is not connected to the Great Wall of China or the Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. I believe that historical truth is more powerful and this truth will prevail.”

The resolution, backed by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan on behalf of the Palestinians, passed by a 24 –6 margin with 26 countries abstaining.

The six countries voting against the resolution were the U.S., Germany, the U.K., the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Estonia.

The resolution affirms “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions” and goes on to denounce Israel as an “occupying power,” condemning it for a number of “aggressions and illegal measures” at the holy site.

It also blames Israel for inciting violence on the Temple Mount, which it exclusively refers to as the Al-Haram Al-Sharif, a Muslim term for the holy site that means in Arabic “The Noble Sanctuary.”

UNESCO “firmly deplores the continuous storming of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif by Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces, and urges Israel, the occupying Power, to take necessary measures to prevent provocative abuses that violate the sanctity and integrity of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif.”

Additionally, it refers to Western Wall Plaza by its Muslim name “Al-Buraq Plaza,” a reference to the horse from Islamic mythology that transported the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem.

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JNS that “the move is ironic in the sense that the Israelis have probably done more than any other sovereign that has controlled Jerusalem to ensure that all faiths can have access to the city and practice their faith.”

The latest UNESCO resolution follows another one passed in April that also ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. That resolution passed with 33 votes in favor, six against and 17 abstentions.

Schanzer said the politicization process at UNESCO has been growing since the Palestinians joined the international body in 2011.

“This sadly shows that UNESCO is heading in the direction of the UN Human Rights Council where it is a caricature of itself,” he said.

“It underscores the dangers of the Palestinian statehood initiative, this process after the Palestinians joined of delegitimizing anything regarding Israel without any basis for it. It is a warning for any other UN agencies that may begin with working with the Palestinians.”

Despite the disappointing outcome for Israel, not a single European country voted in favor of the resolution, with nations like France, Spain, Slovenia, and Sweden abstaining. Other allies of Israel such as India also abstained.

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, said the outcome of the vote was a significant victory for Israel.

“The Palestinians have lost all support in Europe, including France, Spain, and even Sweden,” Shama-Hacohen said. “Along with the shift of position of key countries such as India and Argentina to abstention, the vote constitutes a significant achievement [for Israel] compared to the opening conditions for prior votes.”

The Temple Mount, the site of the first two Jewish temples, has long played a pivotal role in Jewish affairs and worship. Yet after the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in the first century CE, the site passed through a succession of foreign rulers, from the Muslim Caliphs and Crusaders to more recently the Ottoman and British empires. While the site was under control of the Muslim Umayyad Caliphate in 691 C.E., the Dome of the Rock was built over the site of the former Jewish Temple.

After failing to gain control of Jerusalem’s Old City during the 1948 War of Independence, Israeli forces captured the Old City and the Temple Mount from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War. Despite regaining Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount, for the first time in nearly 2,000 years, Israeli leaders relinquished religious sovereignty over the site to the Jordanian-run Islamic Waqf. Under that arrangement, which became the “status quo,” Jewish prayer was forbidden on the Temple Mount and non-Muslim access was restricted to certain days and hours.

Before last week’s vote, the Israeli Foreign Ministry launched an all-out diplomatic blitz to convince as many countries as possible to either reject the resolution or abstain from the vote.

As part of that effort, the Foreign Ministry created a brochure detailing the Temple Mount’s Jewish history, including a picture of the Arch of Titus in Rome, which depicts a Jewish menorah carried off by the Romans.

Similarly, a bipartisan group of 39 U.S. lawmakers led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) wrote a letter to the UNESCO executive board asking them to vote against the resolution.

“UNESCO’s anti-Israel agenda has long been apparent and this latest lopsided vote in favor of this shameful resolution is no different,” Ros-Lehtinen told JNS.

“This resolution attacked the historical connection between Judaism and Jerusalem as part of a larger effort throughout the UN system to delegitimize the Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Ros-Lehtinen added that UNESCO’s continued anti-Israel focus “once again proves that this organization is in desperate need of reform, and until those reforms are made, I will continue to ensure that Congress does not allow any U.S. taxpayer dollars to be used to fund this broken organization.”

Prominent Jewish and Christian groups also weighed on condemning the UNESCO resolution.

“UNESCO’s leadership has approved a blatantly biased resolution that attempts to erase the specific deep-rooted, historical connection of Jews (and Christians) to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital,” the Orthodox Union said in a statement. “It also unjustly singles out Israel with false accusations and criticism with regard to recent acts of terrorism.”

Sean Savage

Arab MK: No Jewish Temple Ever Existed on Temple Mount [audio]

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

In a zeal reminiscent of the ISIS hordes destroying archaeological treasures belonging to cultures and religions before the birth of Islam, and a fervor matching that of the Arab members of UNESCO who voted to erase millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem, MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint Arab List) on Thursday said that “There has never been any connection to the Al Aqsa Mosque to any other religion, and although I don’t wish to enter a religious dispute, there was no Temple.”

Ahmad Tibi is not a religious zealot. A gynecologist with a degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he has been a Knesset Member since 1999, and has served as deputy speaker for much of that time. He belongs to the Balad (National Democratic Assembly) faction of his Knesset list, which, at least on paper, has a secular, democracy-for-all agenda.

The dispute MK Tibi has just entered is not, as he put it, religious, but scientific, since the numerous archaeological excavations of the past few decades, including the project of sifting through the mountains of earth carved out of the Temple Mount by its supposed custodians, the Jordanian Waqf, are providing literally thousands of bits of evidence to the existence of a thriving Jewish culture in Jerusalem in general and on the Temple Mount specifically.

Why, then, would MK Tibi issue a provocative tweet with no bearing in the commonly accepted science of the day?

Because of another element in his political history which we haven’t yet presented: Tibi served as a close political advisor to PLO chief Yasser Arafat from 1993 to 1999, and represented the PA at the 1998 Wye River negotiations—despite his Israeli nationality. He had the sense to resign from this post in 1999, when he ran for the Knesset.

The Balad leader Azmi Bishara did not possess the same common sense. He was charged with treason and receiving large sums of money from a foreign agent in return for his services, as well as money laundering. He promised to return from a few days’ trip abroad to continue questioning by the authorities, but after several weeks in other Arab states he resigned from the Knesset at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on April 22, 2007 and never returned to Israel to face court proceedings. He continued to accept his Knesset pension checks for almost four years, until, in February 2011, the Knesset passed a bill revoking pensions for lawmakers who have evaded an investigation or trial for serious offenses.

It’s quite possible that Tibi, who is also famous for his great speech commemorating the Jewish Holocaust, just couldn’t help himself on Thursday and let that tweet fly. But Tibi is a cynic, not easily given to unplanned outbursts (his short fuse is deliberately so). Watch this space for new developments.

Here is the radio interview Tibi gave to Reshet Bet explaining how all Muslims believe no other house of prayer (or Jewish Temple) existed on the Temple Mount before the Arabs built their structures over the Bayt al-Muqaddas (The Temple)

David Israel

Holiday News: Police Arrest Jew on Temple Mount

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

An 18-year-old Jewish man was arrested Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount on suspicion of bowing before the King of the Universe, Honenu reported. The young man was taken for police interrogation, and Honenu, a legal aid society, is pursuing his release. Rumor has it that the same man also broke the law by reciting the Shema Israel, a radical text introduced in 1248 BCE.

David Israel

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