Dear Friends of Israel,
A first-ever petition before the Israeli Parliament, to rescind the current ban on prayers or other religious activities by Jews or other non-Muslims on the Temple Mount has raised a loud cry of indignation in the Islamic world.
During the discussion, Moshe Feiglin, the initiator of the debate, said, “We really don’t have a homeland, without the Temple Mount, not in Tel-Aviv, Haifa nor anywhere else in our country. In excluding the Temple Mount, our sovereignty over our land is futile and purposeless.” The time has come, to stop the erosion of Israeli sovereignty in the heart of Jerusalem.
Feiglin’s words angered the Arabic world to such a degree that a special meeting of the Arab League was called in Cairo. The Assistant Secretary- General, Achmed Ben Helli, stated, “The Israeli damage to the Al-Aqsa Mosque has crossed all boundaries.” Furthermore, according to the Kuwaiti news agency, he criticized the Israeli leadership for allowing extremists to conduct an offensive against the Islamic holy site in Jerusalem. The Palestinians called upon those assembled at the special meeting to speak out against the Israeli aggression. Essentially, if the Israelis refused to stop their aggression, then it would prove that they aren’t really interested in establishing peace with the Palestinians. The Jordanian Parliament reacted by issuing a non-binding, yet sharply-worded statement, calling for an end to all diplomatic relations and the peace agreement with Israel.
This incident demonstrates once again how sensitive the topic of the Temple Mount is, and once more calls to mind how Jerusalem, and particularly the Temple Mount, will remain a primary obstruction to the peace process.
It is noteworthy that preservation of the status quo is the official policy of the Israeli government in this incident, as in all similar incidents. This policy is upheld by the Police, the political leadership and the highest court in the land, in order to avoid as much unnecessary friction as possible, primarily because the Muslims have such sensitive reactions anytime the Jews attempt to change the status quo of the Temple Mount. Anyone who speaks up for the right of Jews to pray there will eventually be confronted by this policy. They’re treated as if they are attempting to seize control of the entire area.
The one thing that once again hasn’t been mentioned by anyone in the discussion is that the highest rabbinical authority in Israel has posted a large sign at the Temple Mount, warning Jews that they are not allowed to set foot upon the Temple Mount, because traditional religious ordinances forbid entrance to the holy site, where the Temple once stood.
Why did the rabbinical authority enact that religious ordinance? Perhaps a deep reverence for the Jewish holy site is truly behind it all. However, it’s also possible that the ordinance was enacted because of a secret fear of the consequences that might arise, if the Jews lay claim to the place where the Islamic holy relics are kept. The religious ordinance and the political adherence to the status quo demonstrates that the Israeli society is at least aware of the volatility at this site and is taking pains to prevent an explosion there. The prophetic messages in Holy Scripture tell us however, that precisely this location, where Israeli officials are attempting to avoid confrontation, will be a central to the events of the end times.
It’s always fascinating how current, political events line up so perfectly with biblical prophecies.
Shalom from Israel,