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Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin visited the Temple Mount and was photographed near the Al Aqsa mosque Sunday morning, the first time police opened the holy site to Jews since the attempted murder of Rabbi Yehuda Glick Wednesday night.
Glick still is in critical condition in Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital, but his condition is improving slightly, giving doctors reason to believe he will recover from his wounds.
Feiglin’s visit was marked with the usual shouts of hate from Arabs, but there was no violence, mainly because police have finally taken the upper hand at the holy site and in Arab neighborhoods.
They arrested at least 17 Arab rioters since Friday, bringing to 111 the number detained in the past nine days. More arrests are expected.
The opening of the Temple Mount to Jews Sunday followed five days of closure since the shooting. Police on Thursday closed the holy site to Muslims as well as to Jews and foreign tourists, the first time in memory. It was re-opened Friday – but only for Muslims.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on legislators to tone down the rhetoric concerning the Temple Mount, prompting MK Feiglin to state Saturday night at a rally in behalf of Glick, “Nothing incites more than that kind of talk to stop ascending the Temple Mount.”
Feiglin visited the holy site, Planet Earth did not tremble, and the Al Aqsa mosque did not collapse.
The United States pressured Israel to open the Temple Mount to Muslims after the unprecedented one-day closure on Thursday, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
After expressing “concern” over “escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” she said, “It must be reopened to Muslim worshippers….
“We’ve been in close touch, as I’ve mentioned or alluded to, with senior Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian officials to try to de-escalate the situation. ….
“We support the longstanding practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site, to Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. And consistent with our respect for the status quo, we would like to see it returned to that.”
Non-Muslim visitors? How about non-Muslim worshippers, meaning Jews?
Psaki did not go any further, lest she “escalate tensions” by telling the whole truth.
The U.S. State Dept. last year, in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, stated, “[The] Israeli government policy is to grant freedom of religious expression to all, but despite an Israeli Supreme Court ruling, police continue to prevent many people from praying in the area due to what they say are ‘security considerations’
“While the government ensured limited access to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif to everyone regardless of religious beliefs, only Muslims are allowed to pray at the site, although their access has been occasionally restricted due to security concerns.”
One of those who has been repeatedly restricted from ascending the Temple Mount until recently is Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was critically wounded by an Arab terrorist Wednesday night.
Psaki condemned the attempted murder but didn’t connect the dots. Doing so would be dangerous to the State Dept’s warped view of Israel and Jewish rights.
Rabbi Glick was shot because he often visits the Temple Mount, brings hundreds of other to the holy site and openly supports the building of the Third Temple, something which the Obama administration would call an “illegal settlement.”
Israel’s closure of the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa mosque is “a dangerous Israeli escalation [and] is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday morning.
“We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque this morning,” he added, directly quoted by his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina.
Abu Rudeina twisted the knife into the truth by added that “Jerusalem and its holy Muslim and Christian places are a red line and we won’t accept any harm to them.”
His lumping Christian sites with Muslim sites is part of Abbas’’ well-crafted strategy to paint Israel as threat to all religions other than Judaism.
The Christian world and international media have ignored the ever-increasingly popular Muslim cleric manifesto that the Jewish Holy Temples never existed, so the Palestinian Authority has every reason to expect that the world has forgotten that Jordan barred entry to Christian and Jewish holy sites during it occupation of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967.
Exceptions were made for international leaders, but other than that, freedom of religion was restricted to Muslims. Abbas recently called for Jews to be banned from the Temple Mount.
The Palestinian Authority is counting on the United Nations and media monkeys to continue to quote its leaders without batting an eye or checking the facts.
That gives Abu Rudeina a free ticket to state that the first-ever closure of the Al Aqsa mosque “was a brazen challenge and dangerous behavior, and will lead to more tension and instability and create very dangerous atmosphere.”
This is the same Palestinian Authority that two days claimed it is not inciting. Abbas announced on Wednesday, “We do not want an intifada. We are not calling for an intifada.”
Accusing Israel of declaring war is not a call for incitement just like “resistance” is not violence” and “negotiations” does not “ultimatum.”
His spokesman on Thursday was careful to add that the “declaration of war” was against “both the Arab and Islamic nations.”
If you are going to war, you want all the allies in your camp.
However, the Arab world really does not care much about the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, who simply is a convenient tool for them to make trouble for Israel without their having to do the dirty work themselves.
Closing the mosque need is unprecedented and boils Muslim blood, which is not such a difficult task.
Israeli police allowed only a few Arab guards and the Muslim director of the Al Aqsa compound to enter the area on Thursday.
“It is unacceptable that the Al-Aqsa Mosque pays a toll for the events in Jerusalem. The mosque is a place for prayer and worship and all Muslims have the right to access it,” the director was quoted as saying by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.
Abbas’ allegation that Israel has declared war brings the Temple Mount to its eventual and rightful place as the red line that for the time being is painted in blood.
Yasser Arafat, before he trashed the concept of the Nobel Peace Prize by manipulating the word to successfully exploit terror to make peace, something like stabbing someone in the back out of love, used the Temple Mount to spark the Second Intifada.
That “resistance” effort also was known as the Oslo War but which in reality simply was the continuation of the first intifada, which took a rest for a couple of years while Arafat sedated the world with evil.
Ariel Sharon, who was running for Prime Minister against the hapless Ehud Barak in 2000, marched on to the Temple Mount during his campaign, giving Arafat the “declaration of war” that he needed to kill Jews for peace.
The State of Israel has given Abbas the same opportunity. It only was a matter of time until Abbas could turn around the truth for the world of lies and convince Arabs – the ones just waiting for a green light to go on a rampage against Jews.
But as Abbas said, “Who, me” starting an intifada?”
Jerusalem Nit Barkat visited the Temple Mount Tuesday morning one day after Palestinian Authority prime minster Rami Hamdallah did the same.
Barkat previously has stated, “My opinion is that everyone should be able to pray there.”
Hamdallah’s visit was part of a Palestinian Authority campaign to keep the holy site free of Jews. Barkat said his aim was “to learn the challenges police face,” according to his spokesman.
The challenge is violence by Arab every time a Jew tries to visit the Temple Mount, which the Arab world continues to try to convince itself is a target for Israel to dig tunnels and undermine the foundations of the Al Aqsa mosque so that it will collapse.
The Temple Mount and the entire Old City were destined to become red lines for the Palestinian Authority and Israel in the shaggy dog “diplomatic process” that is followed by violence very time the Palestinian Authority does not gain another concession from Israel.
The question is how to handle violence – fight it or simply run away?
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Barkat chided Tel Aviv on Monday for ordering an eighth-grade class to cancel a Bar Mitzvah trip to the Western Wall, beneath the Temple Mount, because it included a visit to areas where there has been “violence.” The city’s spokesman admitted that the “places” consisted only of Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Six-Day War in 1967.
Arab violence is frequent at the light rail route that is near Ammunition Hill but there is no spillover at the site itself, which is as safe as Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv.
Edelstein criticized Tel Aviv’s decision from the podium of the Knesset at the opening session of this winter political circus.
Barkat told the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, Mayor Barkat said, “Cancelling visits to Jerusalem plays into the hands of those causing the disturbances. I urge everyone to visit Jerusalem, to strengthen the city and help return a sense of calm and peace to Jerusalem.
“We must not surrender to terrorism; we must restore law and order in eastern Jerusalem.”
He called for an increased deployment of police forces over a long period of time and across a wide area; development of technological means to deter potential violators, increased enforcement and implementation stricter penalties for lawbreakers.
On Friday night, Arabs once again desecrated graves on the Mount of Olives.
Firebombs were thrown into the Gur Hassidim section of the cemetery, causing damage, according to an 0404News report.
Headstones and monuments were also smashed, broken and knocked over.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Muslims Thursday night that the absence of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is “a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation.”
He told a reception in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha that the anger “has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity.”
This is not satire. This is real. This is actually what was declared by Kerry, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and now the Secretary of State of the United States of America.
It would be funny if it were not true, but it certainly is sad when an intelligent person plays the role of idiot and connects dots that create a maze without an escape route by manufacturing the Arab world’s demands on Israel as the cause of all problems in the world, except for Ebola – so far.
The Muslim holiday reception was hosted by Shaarik Zafar, whom Kerry appointed last month as Special Representative to Muslim Communities. That was just after the Islamic State ISIS murderers hanged its first American victim, journalist James Foley. Kerry’s response at the installation ceremony of Zafar was, “The real face of Islam is a peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings.”
That is the premise for the twisted path that ends with the finger of blame for Muslim violence at the doorstep of Israel. The Obama administration is careful to not to single out Israel for the failure of talks but simply says so in a twisted way by damning every one of nearly 350,000 Jews in Jerusalem neighborhoods as “illegitimate’ and “illegal,” just like an equal number in Judea and Samaria.
Kerry began his speech by praising the “terrific $5.4 billion” raised in Cairo this week to rebuild Gaza. He did not mention that Hamas, which runs Gaza, has not agreed to disarm and has actually bragged that it is continuing to manufacture rockets to restore the stockpile lose in the recent war.
Once again, the Obama administration has ignored Israel’s insistence that there can be no peace with a terrorist organization that does not disavow its stated goal of destroying Israel.
Instead, the key is “negotiations,” a term which Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has successfully turned into “ultimatum.”
No peace in Gaza? No problem. Kerry said last night, “It is imperative that we find a way to get back to the negotiations for what everybody knows is, in the end, the only way to go forward that makes sense.”
And that is where his “Special Representative to Muslim Communities comes into play.
“We have the first faith-based office,” Kerry stated. “We have the office reaching out to the Islamic world. And when he started drafting our national strategic approach as a leader of a faith community, he began that strategy with two words: ‘religion matters.’”
Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and atheism never mattered in the State Dept’s 30-year goal of punishing Israel for having won the war against the Arab Muslim world in 1967, but all of a sudden religion matters because radical Islam is embarrassing to followers of Allah.
“What we’re really doing as we… celebrate Eid al-Adha is that we are celebrating sort of the meaning and importance of sacrifice and devotion in our lives,” said Pastor Kerry.
Sounding more like John Lennon than a man of individual faith, he cited the quest for “introspection and re-evaluation through Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur.
Kerry painted a lovely picture of the world of “a young girl somewhere in New Delhi praying outside of a mosque, or kids or adults in Pakistan, girls singing songs and painting their hands with henna, or Shiites in the holy city of Najaf or fellow Shi’a celebrating Eid-e-Ghorban in Iran.”