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The Deliberate Destruction of the Temple Mount

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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.

MK to Visit Temple Mount to Find Out Why Jews Barred from Praying

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Likud Knesset Member Miri Regev announced Wednesday she will visit the Temple Mount to try to understand the problem with Jews praying at the holy site. The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf officially controls the Temple Mount, a power granted to it by the Israeli government shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967.

MK Regev, who chairs the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee in the new government, said, “I don’t understand why a Jew is not allowed to pray in his most sacred place.”

After MK Regev’s announcement, Meretz MK Michal Rozin said the idea of a Knesset Member ascending the holy site is “a perverse attempt and cynical use of religion and political measures.”

She said that an appearance by Regev at the Temple Mount with the intention of clearing the way for Jews to pray there would incite Muslims.

The Waqf forbids Jews from praying on the Temple Mount or even carrying with them a prayer book, religious articles or acting as if they are praying.

The Chief Rabbinate has ruled that Jews are not allowed to ascend the Temple Mount because it still is holy despite the destruction of the First and Second Temples and that no rituals can be performed because it is impossible to be ritually pure today according to guidelines set out in the Torah.

Many national religious rabbis permit ascending to certain areas of the Temple Mount.

Police Admit Permitting Arab Construction at Temple’s Foundation Stone for Six Years

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

According to the website Kipa, Israeli police on Thursday admitted that the Muslim Waqf has been conducting infrastructure work at the very heart of the Temple Mount, the foundation stone, for more than six years.

An Islamic Waqf has managed the Temple Mount continuously since the Muslim chased the Crusaders out of Jerusalem in 1187. On June 7, 1967, during the Six-Day War, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol declared that “no harm whatsoever shall come to the places sacred to all religions.” The Knesset passed the Preservation of the Holy Places Law, protecting the Holy Places against desecration, and guaranteeing freedom of access. In return for obeying the law, Israel agreed to leave the administration of the site in the hands of the Waqf.

Two weeks ago, a complaint was filed with the Israel Police Commissioner by a group of Temple organizations, regarding revelations about Waqf work at the Dome of the Rock, which includes laying scaffolding, tools and debris on top of the sacred Foundation Stone.

The police responded that “the work performed by the Waqf at the Dome of the Rock have begun more than six years ago. They are being performed with the approval of the Israel Antiquities Authority and under its supervision.” The police argued that the work has not caused any damage to the foundation stone.

But the IAA denies completely the approval and supervision of works on the Mount, according to the Temple organizations’ attorney Aviad Visoly, who accused the police commissioner of outrageous, appalling, and deceitful behavior.

“Your response also indicates an abysmal contempt by the Israel Police, and by yourself, as its ranking officer, the holiest place for the Jewish people,” Visoly wrote the commissioner.

The Temple organizations have asked the police commissioner “to convene as soon as possible the Temple Mount police taskforce, together with representatives of the Temple Mount rabbis (led by Rabbi Israel Ariel, who has recently been banned from entering the Temple Mount indefinitely), as well as the various Temple Mount advocacy groups, to so we can explain to you how sacred the Temple Mount to the Jewish people.”

The Temple organizations’ attorney added that ” the shocking images of desecration of the foundation stone, together with your response, indicate that disregard and ignorance of the value of Temple Mount has led the Israeli police to permit the unprecedented desecration of the holiest Jewish place, as it failed completely to carry out its responsibility to enforce the law protecting the holy places.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-admit-permitting-arab-construction-at-temples-foundation-stone-for-six-years/2012/07/12/

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