Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO / Flash 90
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II, at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan.

“We saw the Nephilim there-the Anakites are part of the Nephilim- and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” (Numbers 13:33; JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh)

I didn’t make aliyah to become a grasshopper or to live in a society of Jewish grasshoppers. I see no such reflection when I peer in the mirror. Baruch Hashem, I don’t suffer from this complex which plagued too many Jews throughout history. But I can’t speak for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; His actions suggest that he very well may see this winged creature whenever he looks at his own visage. How else can we explain the incomprehensible fact of a Prime Minister placing the status of the dhimmi upon his own people?

Nothing ever changes in Israel. Wars are always fought, or not fought, in the same impotent manner. And so it shouldn’t surprise us that Netanyahu debased himself (yet again) before the make-belief “king” of Jordan, by maintaining the degrading status quo on the Temple Mount which prohibits Jews from praying. This insanity began long ago during the Six Day War, when Moshe Dayan returned a Divine gift by refusing to destroy the Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa, and all vestiges of Islam’s sovereignty. To compound his sin, Dayan gave the mufti custody of the Mount. His shameful act became Israel’s de facto national policy on Har Habayit. We won the war;the mufti retained control of our sacred site. Today, the Jordanian Waqf reigns supreme. And Israel continues to take marching orders from Jordan. Even in the midst of the latest intifada for which Jordan blames Israel, Netanyahu had the audacity to utter the following:

“We respect the importance of the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as reflected in the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, and the historical role of King Abdullah II. Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount.”


We? Speak for yourself Bibi. No self-respecting Jew believes this garbage. A rudimentary look at history reveals what the “moderate” Jordanians did to our synagogues and cemeteries when they occupied Jerusalem. Stables. Latrines. They defiled our holy places, and debased our resting places.

How tragically ironic, that while it may be unsafe to do so, Jews can legally pray in the streets of Germany, Spain, or France. Wherever Jews legally reside, they are permitted to pray. Ironically, it is only in Israel that there are restrictions on Jewish prayer.

On Judaism’s most sacred site where two Jewish Temples stood, the state of Israel forbids Jewish prayer. Ishmalite enemies caterwaul to their blood deity. They shout at Jews, harass them, spit and beat upon them, yet the Jew cannot pray or even make a blessing on a cup of water. The Arabs destroy precious artifacts from atop the Mount, in a crude attempt to remove any vestige of Jewish identity. They can hurl stones on the heads of the groveling Jews below who are satisfied with retaining Herod’s retaining wall. Sometimes, Arabs even spill acid on the heads of Jews, another horror which the media never reports.

Jewish Prayer

I want to emphasize that I am speaking solely of the right of Jewish prayer, since halacha does not permit Christian prayer on The Temple Mount. The oft distorted argument by certain activists (who crave interfaith alliances) that the Temple will be “a house of prayer for all nations” speaks of righteous gentiles worshiping the One True Creator. We only lose, if in order to defeat the Arab predators, we compromise basic halachic tenets on the altar of a false hashkafa. The halacha is clear in permitting righteous gentiles access within the Torah framework. Nothing more needs to be said.


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Donny Fuchs made aliyah in 2006 from Long Island to the Negev, where he resides with his family. He has a keen passion for the flora and fauna of Israel and enjoys hiking the Negev desert. His religious perspective is deeply grounded in the Rambam's rational approach to Judaism.


  1. where does the JP get these ignoramuses
    jews control the military
    jews control the airport
    jews are the cops
    jews control the roads

    there's a bit of violence – nothing compared to what Jews faced in Israel in the 50s

    but this self-absorbed putz is bothered that he "didn't make aliyah to be treated like a 2nd class citizen

    if he doesn't like it in Israel, let him go back to wherever the hell he came from

  2. Why is Bibi always held to a different standard with his actions compared to anyone else that is or has been in government? When he voted for the expulsion of Gush Katif or when he released murderous prisoners or when under his watch aid is conintially given to our enemy or when he says if Gaza attacks we will finish them or when he always legitimizes Fatah or when he placates to Jordan or under his watch expulsion of Jews and synagouges occur or Jews being detained without charges or allowing tunnels in the North by Hezbullah to continue to exist…etc….
    Basically what the left says they will do you can count on Bibi and Likud doing it.

  3. "How tragically ironic, that while it may be unsafe to do so, Jews can legally pray in the streets of Germany, Spain, or France. Wherever Jews legally reside, they are permitted to pray. Ironically, it is only in Israel that there are restrictions on Jewish prayer."

    Welcome to the "rednecks'" world! Everyone else can pray in the United States and it's called "multiculturalism." We pray and it's called "a violation of religious freedom" and the act of a bad host.

  4. A bit of violence. Outrageous. You are reprehensable, CH Hoffman. Tell that to the children who lost their parents to Arab terror. Tell that to the elderly people who were stabbed by "Israeli-Arabs." Tell that to those who lost their loved ones.

  5. Donny Fuchs listen mr "my mommy told me I'm brilliant so I can engage in ad hominem attacks":

    The people who lost their loved ones are certainly worthy of our sympathy.
    But if your sense of history extends any further than last Chanuka, you'd know damn well that the overall level of violence -both external and internal – is well within the norm.

    A statistically insignificant number of Israelis have been killed in outright military activity; and the "knife wars" are thankfully just a pale reminder of the 2000-2002 Intifada.

    But nobody who lost family in the Park Hotel bombing said "we shouldn't have come to Israel"

  6. Ch Hoffman No he is not. His concern is appeasing the U.N., the U.S., and the E.U. And Jews such as yourself grovel before him. One whose number one concern is Jewish lives, does not display his love by repeatedly releasing hundreds of Arab murderers. The perversity is your cavalier attitude towards murdered Jews. Keep reading my articles. Perhaps something will sink in.

  7. Why don't the Jews simply block all entrances, so that none can go up? What can they do; arrest the entire Jewish population?

    If any single one is forbidden to pray there, then Hashem dictates, that no sort of prayer there, by anyone else, can be acceptable to Him. Am I proven wrong, in this?

    Had you kept the Temple Mount, none of this aggression would be occurring today. it would have all been taken care of, by 1973.

    It is incomprehensible, that any Jew would give the Temple Mount back. Hashem returned it to you, for the justification of the entire world. What was to be gained? How short-sighted.

    3,500 years of Hashem's Works, interrupted by a single individual's fear. Dayan, is no hero, in Hashem's Eyes. Quite the opposite.

    "Peace! Peace! When there is no peace…" comes to mind.

    And there will be no lasting peace, until the sign of the physical Temple is again built, and open for worship. Only then, is the clay vessel containing the Word, Mashiach, raised up and made manifest, for the good of the entire world.

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