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« on: June 28, 2013, 07:36:13 am »

Rebuilding Israel's Temple Mount

I went to visit the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem to see how the preparations for the establishment of the new temple were getting on. For hundreds of Israelis, the task of renewing the temple has become the job of their lives. It is about time, so they believe, to establish the Third Temple in its proper place — right on the site where the First Temple and the Second Temple were once standing before being destroyed.

 Yehuda Glick is one of the “elite soldiers of the temple” who dedicate their lives to the mission. Since moving to Israel, he has been preparing for the great day, waiting to see the construction of the edifice that is to become the holiest place on earth for the Jewish people. A black skullcap adorning his head, his Hebrew flavored by an Anglo-Saxon accent, Glick spends his time as a tourist guide, escorting visitors to the Temple Mount.

I met Yehuda at the entrance gate to the Temple Mount. There is no greater thrill in his life than to walk on the soil of the Temple Mount. While he has visited the place hundreds or even thousands of times,,  his heart still beats with excitement on each visit. “As far as I see it, an amazing divine move is manifested here,” he explained while we were waiting in line at the gate. “The state of Israel is a part of this divine move, which will culminate in the establishment of the Third Temple.”

How is it going to be built and who will build it? I asked him. A broad smile spread across his face. He may have felt sorry for me or, perhaps, considered the question to be out of place. “The notion that the Temple will be built by itself, under divine directions, is the sort of idea typical of Diaspora Jews,” my interlocutor noted. He had left New York for Israel at the age of 8, settling with his family in Otniel, south of Hebron. “When I started visiting the Temple Mount 15 years ago, you could hardly gather a minyan — the quorum — for prayer. These days, hundreds of thousands of Jews are coming to pray on the Temple Mount. They expect us to rebuild the temple, and God willing, it will be built.”

Hundreds of tourists, most of them Christians, were standing in line under the scorching sun, waiting for the security check that every visitor seeking entry to the Temple Mount is required to pass. Jews are not allowed to bring in scrolls of the Torah, prayer books, copies of the Book of Psalms or any other article of worship that could be used to establish a mystical association between the Temple Mount and the holy Jewish Scriptures. Under the current arrangements agreed on between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan, Jews visiting the Temple Mount are banned from openly praying on the premises or swaying in worship. One single event of deviation from the set rules could be enough to spark an international incident.

In fact, precisely such an incident occurred while I was waiting at the entrance gate to the Temple Mount. All of a sudden, shouts were heard from inside the enclosure. The policemen standing on guard at the gate went on alert and hurried to lock it. It turned out that a Muslim worshipper accused an Israeli policeman of knocking down a Quran she was holding in her hands. She started yelling "Allahu Akbar!" and within minutes, dozens of worshippers at the scene rushed to her aid, and some of them even tried to attack the policeman. The Temple Mount was closed to visitors right away and the incident was promptly brought to the attention of the top echelons in Israel, the Palestinian leaders in the territories and the Jordanian king's palace.

The commanding officer in charge of the Temple Mount site told me that incidents of that kind were an everyday matter. “The policeman on duty reported that the worshipper had thrown down the book on purpose, to stir up a provocation and, needless to say, I believe him,” he said, adding: “Even a minor event is liable to trigger an international incident.”

As the gates to the Temple Mount were closed, Yehuda and I headed for the Jewish Quarter, where the Temple Institute is located. Hundreds of tourists visit the Temple Institute store daily to see at close hand the preparations for the establishment of the temple. “Fifty percent of the visitors are not Jewish,” recounted Reuven Cohen, the store manager, who immigrated to Israel from England 34 years ago. “The Jews are coming here to look for the roots of the temple, whereas the visiting evangelists are deeply involved in the establishment of the temple. They are well aware that their process of redemption is closely interwoven with ours. They actually believe that the path of return of Jesus Christ to this earth passes through our temple.”

The articles of worship intended for use in the new temple, once it is erected, are on display in the store. Kits that include guidelines for proper conduct in the holy site are offered for sale alongside a variety of jigsaw puzzles of the temple — some comprising 24 pieces, for 3-year-old children, and others of 100 pieces and even 1,000 pieces — for the older. Hundreds of books, neatly arranged on the shelves, tell the history of the temples — those that were destroyed and the one that is to be built. There are books on the sacred golden candelabrums, books on the houses that served the Jewish priests who performed their duties at the temple, and others on the ritual sacrifices and prayers, as well as on the way of life that will prevail in Israel after the temple is established.

“Last year we had 50,000 visitors,” David Schwartz, who heads the Temple Institute, proudly stated. “The ever-growing interest shown by tourists reflects the feeling that the days of the Messiah are around the corner. You can sense it in the air — in schools, in synagogues, even in the homes of the secular. Everyone feels it coming up.”

While we were talking, hundreds of visiting school students were wandering around the Institute, impressed by the sights. “Yes, that’s true,” Schwartz added. “As you can see, people are looking for meaning to life. They want to achieve something. We are currently at the stage of preparing people for the construction of the temple.”

On display, next to the architectural building plans, are models showing pilgrims getting down from the light rail at the temple gate station. Others are seen parking their cars in an underground garage to be built beneath the temple. Sophisticated elevators would transport the worshippers right into the temple.

Schwartz, Cohen and Glick are all confident that once the Third Temple is erected, the world will become a fundamentally different place. The Lord would then bestow on Earth great abundance and there would no longer be anyone in need of charity.

“Those who do not feel what is going to happen are either blind or stupid, or ungrateful,” Glick noted, clearly annoyed with me, having noticed the skeptical expression on my face. “There has never been anything like that in the history of the human race; the return of an exiled people to its homeland is unique in human annals. It is all written in the Torah. And the last, supreme stage will be the construction of the temple.”

However, there is one far from marginal factor left out. In all those plans and photographs and illustrations and puzzles and books put forward by the Jewish believers, the Third Temple is seen at the center of the Temple Mount, rising high up above it.

But there is no trace there of the Dome of the Rock, as if the earth had swallowed it up.

Daniel Ben Simon is a former Knesset member from the Labor party. Prior to his political career, he was a journalist with Israeli dailies Haaretz and Davar. Ben Simon wrote four books on Israeli society and is the recipient of the Sokolov Prize, an Israeli journalism award.

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2013, 02:53:44 am »

The coming Third Jewish Temple

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9: 24-27

From Israel Today: An Israeli cabinet minister last week publicly stated that perhaps the time has come to rebuild the biblical Temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Most Israelis has no aspirations of rebuilding the Temple. Even among those who would like to see the Temple restored, most do not believe Israel can undertake something so controversial absent a direct act of God.

But that didn’t stop Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) from stating that “we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.”

Ariel was speaking at a press event in the Samarian community of Shilo, where archaeologists have uncovered remains of the biblical Tabernacle that was located there for hundreds of years before King David’s conquest of Jerusalem.

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Laying The Groundwork For A Third Temple In Jerusalem

Under Wakf regulations, Jews may only access the mount for 4 1/2 hours per day and are forbidden from praying there. But when Rabbi Chaim Richman stands only feet from the Dome of the Rock, surrounded by Muslim visitors, he whispers a chapter of Psalms. “God will answer you on your day of trouble,” he mutters on a recent visit. “The name of the God of Jacob will protect you.” On previous visits to the mount, Richman says he’s sung the entire Hallel prayer under his breath. A frequent presence on the mount who knows the guards by name, Richman is the international director of the Temple Institute, an organization based in the Old City with a singular goal: to rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

http://www.jta.org/2013/07/09/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/holy-work-or-troublemaking-laying-the-groundwork-for-a-third-temple-in-jerusalem


Are Things Getting Serious For The Third & Final Jewish Temple? New Jewish Television Series Explains Laws For Building Last Temple


Gordon explains that “the Rebbe put tremendous emphasis on these laws” because studying them will hasten the Messianic era and the rebuilding of the Third Holy Temple. The Rebbe would often emphasize that “the best way to mourn the destruction is to learn about the imminent rebuilding.” Quoting the Jewish sages in Midrash Tanchuma on Leviticus:14, G-d’s response to Ezekiel, who asked what could be done about the fact that the Jews do not have a Temple to go to in Jerusalem, the Rebbe noted that “the study of the design of the Holy Temple as detailed in the biblical verses can be equated to its actual construction.” As explained in the introduction to the tour of the Holy Temple on Chabad.org, implicit in the wording used in this passage is the idea that studying the laws of the Holy Temple has ramifications that extend far beyond the ordinary sphere of intellectual activity.

http://www.chabad.org/blogs/blog_cdo/aid/2267972/jewish/New-Video-Series-on-Laws-of-the-Third-Temple-for-The-Nine-Days.htm


Stop Crying & Let The Children Build The Third Temple


Israel’s Temple Institute, which encourages praying on the Temple Mount and working to build the Third Temple, has released a video production that shows children taking adults out of synagogue on Tisha B’Av to join them to rebuild the Temple. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel discourages Jews from praying on the Temple Mount because of Halachic issues, while the Temple Institute and many other rabbis have ruled that Jews can ascend to certain areas of the Temple Mount. Jews around the world are in the traditional Nine Days, the last part of the three-week period of mourning over the destruction of the First and Second Temples, both of which were destroyed in Tisha B’Av, or the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av that began on Monday.

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One third of Israeli Jews want Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem, poll finds

Right-wing organizations devoted to the Temple Mount are buoyed by a new poll they commissioned finding that 30 percent of Israeli Jews support rebuilding the Jewish Temple on the site.
 When the poll, commissioned by the Joint Forum of Temple Mount Organizations, asked Israeli Jews, "Are you for or against erecting a Temple on the Temple Mount?" 30 per cent answered in the affirmative, while 45 percent were against and 25 percent said they were not sure.
 
Among the numerous Temple Mount organizations that initiated the survey, activists are pleased. he results, they believe, show a strengthening of public perception that the Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest and most important site.
 
The survey was released ahead of next week's Tisha B'Av Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
 
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The last few years have seen changing attitudes to the Temple Mount among the national religious and ultra-Orthodox sectors.
 
There are currently dozens of movements working to change the status quo at the holy site. Some are reconstructing ceremonial objects used in the Temple in the past, while others are making practical preparations for its rebuilding, including a renewal of animal sacrifice. Others deal in political lobbying and in encouraging Jews to visit the Mount.
 
A growing demand gathering political support is for the status quo on the Mount to be changed so Jews will be able to pray there. The police currently prohibit Jews from praying on the Mount, fearing an outbreak of violence.
 
Among religious Jews questioned in the survey, 43 percent supported the construction of a Temple, compared to 20 percent among the ultra-Orthodox and the national ultra-Orthodox, and 31 percent among secular Jews.
 
The survey was financed by a fund called the Israel Independence Fund, and was conducted with 523 Israeli Jewish participants.
 
"Attempts to distance the People of Israel from its holiest site have failed," said Yehuda Glick, spokesman for the forum of Temple Mount organizations that commissioned the survey.
 
"State authorities should pay attention to what the nation has said, demanding the imposition of the state's sovereignty on the Temple Mount."
 
Putting the issue on the agenda
 
Yet Tomer Persico, a researcher of religions who is studying these movements, dismissed the survey's import.
 
"How does this commit you to anything when you answer that you are in favor of building the Temple? It doesn't imply that you mean for this to happen right away. [But] without doubt, the survey does indicate that these movements have succeeded in placing the issue on the public's agenda."
 
The survey further found that among the Israeli Jewish public there is a strong majority (59 percent ) that favors the demand to change the status quo on the Mount. The survey asked whether "the state should enforce an agreement on the Mount, similar to one that exists in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which is shared by Jews and Moslems." Only 23 percent of respondents answered "no" to this question.
 
Analysis of the survey's results shows a significant change in attitudes among the national-religious public.
 
While visiting the Mount used to be taboo, 68 percent of religious respondents in the current survey said they would like to come to the site "as part of a visit to Jerusalem." Sixty percent of secular Jews answered the same way, while only 20 percent of ultra-Orthodox respondents expressed such a wish.
 
In response to a question over whether the state should enforce the right of Jews to pray on the Mount, 70 percent of religious participants answered affirmatively, while 22 percent objected. In all, 48 percent of respondents agreed with such a move.
 
However, despite the changing attitude to the Mount, the Jewish public still considers the Western Wall to be the faith's holiest site - 66 percent singled out the Kotel for this distinction, compared to 29 percent who chose the Temple Mount.

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013, 05:28:09 am »

Giving Up the Temple Mount?

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the holiest place on earth according to Judaism.  It is where both Biblical Temples stood, whose destruction is commemorated this week with fasting and mourning on the Ninth day of the month of Av according to the religious calendar.  The Western Wall is considered holy only because of its proximity to the Temple Mount.  Jews everywhere in the world pray while facing the Temple Mount, and if they were to pray on the Mount itself they would face the Holy of Holies, the singularity point in between the cherubs that were positioned on top of the Temple Ark inside the Temple.  While God’s presence is everywhere, according to Judaism, its most intense concentration is at that point.  The Western Wall is simply the guard wall around the perimeter of the Temple Mount, and is of Herodian (Roman) origin standing upon earlier Hasmonean foundations.

The site has religious significance for Christians as well.  After the destruction of the Second Temple, churches were sometimes erected there. When the Muslims conquered the area, they followed the practice of building mosques or proclaiming as sacred to Islam the religious sites of other religions.  The Muslim general Umar bin al-Khattab was the second Caliph and led the armies of Islam.  In his writings he expressed scorn for Jerusalem and never acknowledged its sanctity.  When a temporary mosque was erected on the Temple Mount (long pre-dating the current Al-Aqsa mosque structure),  it was placed in the southern edge of the Mount.  A general in the armies of Umar, an ex-Jew who had converted to Islam, pointed out to Umar that placing the mosque in the northern section of the Mount would allow Muslims to pray while facing both the Holy of Holies of the Jews and Mecca.  Umar insisted that it be placed on the southern margin so that Muslims would pray facing Mecca but with their backsides toward the Holy of Holies.  That is where the Al-Aqsa mosque stands today.

Thus, the southern edge of the Mount, that is located above the ruins of what archeologists call Solomon’s Stables, has religious significance for Muslims.   In the center of the Temple Mount is another structure known as the Dome of the Rock, famous for its golden domed roof.  Some refer to it mistakenly as the “Mosque of Omar.”   But the structure is not a mosque at all and has no special religious significance for Muslims.  The problem is that this structure sits exactly on the spot that most (but not all) experts, archeologists and rabbis, believe is where the Holy of Holies once stood.  It also contains the “Foundation Stone,” which has religious significance for Judaism.

The Israeli army conquered the Temple Mount in 1967 in the Six Day War, when Israel liberated Jerusalem from the illegal Jordanian occupation.  At the time Israel should have dismantled the “Dome of the Rock” and moved it elsewhere, while leaving the Al-Aqsa mosque in peace.  Muslims could then continue to control and administer everything associated with the mosque.  But doing so did not require Israel to relinquish control over every inch of the Temple Mount.  The Israeli government nevertheless decided to pursue tranquility through appeasement and cowardice (sound familiar?).  Not only would the Muslim religious authority be granted de facto hegemony over the entire Temple Mount, they would also be granted the power to prohibit or restrict entry to it for Jews.

This has been the status quo ever since.  Jews are often prevented altogether from entering the Mount.  At other times, Jews are permitted some limited access, but under condition that they do not pray while on the Mount.  Jews whose lips move quietly while on the Mount have been arrested and evicted, motivating a few to learn ventriloquism.  Anyone daring to prostrate themselves while on the Mount in the direction of the Holy of Holies is treated even more harshly.  So here we have the spectacle of the Israeli government backing a prohibition on Jews praying in the holiest site of Judaism for fear of upsetting Muslims.

Meanwhile, serious collateral damage from Israel’s cowardly decision to maintain Muslim control of the Mount has been the systematic destruction of artifacts and antiquities uncovered on the Mount by the Muslims, particularly in cases where the artifacts clearly point to the ancient Jewish presence on the Mount.  Islamic radicals, including the “moderates” from the Palestinian Authority, have long denied that there ever were Biblical temples on the site, mountains of overwhelming archeological and historic evidence notwithstanding.  They have destroyed priceless evidence to the contrary. UNESCO has never uttered a word in protest.  It should be noted that radical Muslims also object to Jews praying at the Western Wall, which they also deny has religious significance for Jews.  Jews at the Wall are regularly assaulted by stone-throwing Muslims on the Mount.

The status of the Temple Mount and the question of public access to it for Jews is further complicated because of some seemingly bizarre and esoteric features of Jewish religious law.  Rabbinic law prohibits Jews from entering the grounds where the Temples stood while they are in a “state of impurity.”  The notion of “state of impurity” is a Biblical one, where one becomes “impure” by having any contact with a dead body, including being present in a cemetery or funeral.  This impurity is not a moral judgment, and in some cases indeed one is commanded to make oneself “impure” (such as attending a relative’s funeral or burying a corpse found in public space), but merely serves as a basis for prohibiting entrance into the Temple for ritualistic purposes.  The Biblical “cure” for the impurity using ashes from a special red heifer cannot be used today because no such bona fide animals are available. The bottom line is that according to Jewish rabbinic law itself, Jews may not enter the grounds where the Temple stood, and especially not where the Holy of Holies stood.

On the one hand, the Jewish religious restrictions upon Jews make the politics of the Temple Mount seemingly easier to surmount.  Religious Jews do not seek access to the center of the Mount for religious purposes, the area where the Dome of the Rock now stands.  On the other hand, most of the Temple Mount is clearly outside the grounds of the Biblical Temple, in areas where the “impure” may enter, and there is no reason why Jews cannot enter these and conduct prayers there.  (No one is seeking to conduct Jewish religious activities inside the Al-Aqsa mosque!!)  But radical Muslim hegemonists consider this an affront to Islam.  Not only must Jews be denied access to the Temple Mount to “defend” the Mosque, but Jews should be denied any sovereignty or presence in Jerusalem altogether.

All of the above puts some results from a recent public opinion poll into proper perspective.  As published in Makor Rishon, July 12, 2013, the vast majority of Israelis oppose construction of a new Temple now, and opposition among religious Jews is even stronger.  Those who say they favor building of the New Temple may actually mean they’d like the Messiah to show up and order such a move, not that government bureaucrats do so. No one seems opposed to “preparing” for the coming Messianic Age by doing things like tailoring garments for Temple priests, forging Temple trumpets, or learning the rabbinic laws concerning conduct of Temple ritual.  Even the most ornery atheist can find nothing in such things objectionable.   A minority of Israeli Jews favor some preliminary construction for a new Temple building, presumably including dismantling and relocating the Dome of the Rock, but no such proposal is being seriously considered by the government.

Interestingly, a full 72% of Israeli Jews favor partitioning of the territory of the Temple Mount so that Muslim control and administration is restricted to the Al-Aqsa mosque, and where Jews would have access to other parts of the grounds.  A large plurality favor legal initiatives that protect Jewish rights of access to the Mount, including the right to conduct prayers there.

More generally, the entire legal status quo for the Temple Mount, under which Israel relinquishes control to the Muslim religious authorities, serves as yet another reminder that Jewish self-abasement and cowardice do not win Israel any tolerance or goodwill.  The time has come for Israel to make it clear that it will no longer seek peace via gestures of debasement of Jewish dignity nor by auto-suppression of the legitimate religious rights of Jews.  If the Muslim world should ever wish to come to terms with Israel and seek an actual modus vivendi, then it will have to do so with an Israel that insists on the defense of legitimate Jewish religious rights, including their right of access to (at least) parts of the Temple Mount.

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http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24015/Default.aspx?hp=readmore
Should Israel rebuild the Temple? Israelis say ‘Yes’

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Israel Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) recently declared, "we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount." Israel Today’s Jonathan David talked to average Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem to see if they agree.

Arlene Alyehs: “Yes! It’s a symbol for Jews all over the world, especially for religious Jews. It’s the site of the Temple and I think the third Temple should be rebuilt; hopefully in our time.”

Eliran Maalumi: “That will take time; it’s not something that will happen in a day.”

Aline Szewkeis: “I’m Jewish and Judaism says that when Messiah comes, we will rebuild the Temple. At this time the Messiah did not arrive yet. Let’s think about this in the future. Now is not the time to think about this.”

Ariel Aharon: “It’s not supposed to come as an act of argument and all of that. It’s a blessed thing. It should be built in a peaceful way and everyone will be blessed.”

Naom Shiff: “I think it’s more for the far future than a plan that should be executed right now.”

Agee Gottdiemer: “First of all, there’s no such thing as ‘new Temple’. There is one Temple and it has been destroyed twice. There’s no such thing as old Temple or new Temple. Rebuilt Temple!”

Tamar Roller: “No, because we believe that God will build it and He will bring it. We don’t do it in our own hands. We know God can do everything, so it’s taking from His big and mighty power if we don’t trust that He will be able to build it and in the right place. So, it’s not for us to do it. You can’t force it to come; it’s up to God.”

Joseph Simon: “If the Temple were to be rebuilt now it would cause a huge argument with the Jewish people. Because many hold that it shouldn’t be, many hold that it should be. No one knows who’s right or who’s wrong. That’s why we need the Messiah. It would be nice to see a Jewish house over there; something to present to say that this is a Jewish mountain. This is our gift from God. Not only for the Jewish people; when the Temple was built many non-Jews came also.”
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Aline Szewkeis: “I’m Jewish and Judaism says that when Messiah comes, we will rebuild the Temple. At this time the Messiah did not arrive yet. Let’s think about this in the future. Now is not the time to think about this.”

And Jews wonder why God has turn His back on them!  Roll Eyes

The same old story, a Jew not even knowing their own religion, which is why God says His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. And that is written in the Jews own book, the Old Testament.

"And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:31 (KJB)
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Activists Demonstrate Against Temple Mount Discrimination

Hundreds of Jews protest prolonged closure of Temple Mount to non-Muslims; "If this passes quietly, it will get worse for the Jews.”


In wake of Tuesday’s decision by police officials in charge of the Temple Mount to ban non-Muslims entrance to the holy site, some two hundred protesters stood Wednesday morning at the foot of the Mugrabi entrance seeking to reverse their exclusion.

The mass protest was prearranged following an announcement by Police Commander Avi Bitton that the Temple Mount will remain closed to Jews and tourists at least until after the end of Ramadan’s closing festival of “Eid” which is to be next Sunday, the 11th of August.

During this current Ramadan, many Jews who have ascended to the Temple Mount have been inexplicably turned away or even harassed by threats from Muslim extremists.  Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Zeev Elkin, was among a group of Jews who were chased off the Temple Mount on the eve of the day commemorating the Temples' Destruction, the 9th of Av.

On the 9th of Av itself, Jews were banned completely from ascending.

Since the Mount’s closure to all non-Muslim visitors, activists have decided to take action and convene at the holiest site of the Jewish people at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, a month dedicated to repentance.  For many of the activists, showing solidarity today was a reminder that this is in fact the holiest place for the Jewish people.

“People have come far to be here early in the morning to make this statement, to make this prayer to the Almighty, as we begin this special month of repentance"  said Rabbi Chaim Richman, the international director of the Temple Institute.

“The one place where that relationship [to God] is manifest is the place of the Holy Temple. Ironically this is the one place where Jews are currently prohibited from entering," he added

The Women in Green, a grassroots Zionist movement, declared in a statement that it took the decision of the officials very seriously:

“It seems the police are throwing a trial balloon. They are tryng to see if the Temple Mount is important to a large Jewish population, or only to some "crazies". It is obvious that if this passes quietly, it will get worse for the Jews.”

The hundreds of individuals who arose early to attend the prayers and vigils outside of the Temple Mount seek the same privileges as Muslim visitors, who have unrestricted access to the site.

Jewish visitors, however, are subjected to severe restrictions, including a total ban on conducting prayers or any other religious rituals, despite the site being the holiest place in Judaism. The ban on Jewish prayer has continued despite numerous court rulings that such restrictions are illegal.


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"An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque late Tuesday. Arabs blamed Israel.

An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

An eyewitness told the agency that the collapse occurred near the Bab as Silsila, on the western part of the mosque.

It is the second collapse near the western wall within five years, Cum'a Usayle, an eyewitness, told Anadolu.

"The collapse has caused a deep hole there. It is dangerous for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It poses danger especially for children and women," he said.

The report claimed that no security precautions around the area have been taken by Israeli officials so far, nor has there been a statement about the incident.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation and Cultural Heritage Organization accused Israel, as it usually does, of paving the way for demolishing the Al-Aqsa Mosque by “building new settlements and digging dozens of tunnels.”

Arabs continuously accuse Israel of "Judaizing" the Temple Mount, sometimes resorting to ridiculous propaganda such as accusing Israel of using chemicals to erode the foundations of the mosque in order to cause it to collapse.

At the same time the Waqf, which was left in charge of the Temple Mount after Israel liberated it during the 1967 Six Day War, consistently destroys Jewish antiquities on the compound in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court.

The Waqf has removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the site. At the entrance to the Temple Mount, a Waqf sign says, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everything in it is Islamic property.”

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas several months ago accused Israel of trying to “destroy” the Al-Aqsa Mosque by allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

Speaking to a Saudi-based newspaper, Abbas said that "the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger," claiming that Israel prevents PA Arabs from praying at the mosque, while allowing “extremist Jews" to worship there. This, he claimed, is proof that Israel has a "malicious" and dangerous plan to destroy the mosque and rebuild the “false” Holy Temple in its place, as he put it.

Most recently, Jordanian King Abdullah II added fuel to the ongoing debate over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, when he told visiting Muslim and Christian dignitaries from Jerusalem that he will continue his efforts to “safeguard” Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city of Jerusalem from what so-called "Judaization."

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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas several months ago accused Israel of trying to “destroy” the Al-Aqsa Mosque by allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

Speaking to a Saudi-based newspaper, Abbas said that "the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger," claiming that Israel prevents PA Arabs from praying at the mosque, while allowing “extremist Jews" to worship there. This, he claimed, is proof that Israel has a "malicious" and dangerous plan to destroy the mosque and rebuild the “false” Holy Temple in its place, as he put it.

And we are to believe that Israel can actually "negotiate" any kind of peace with ignorant heathens like that? It's one thing if it were said by some radical cleric in some mosque, but we are talking the leader of the PLO, oh sorry, the Palestinian Authority, which is equal to Israel's president.

It's amazing how those people outright lie, I mean bold face lie through their teeth.

Israel isn't the one who is blocking worship on the Temple Mount. That is absurd. The Waqf run the place, you know, a bunch of Arabs. THEY are the ones who manage anything that happens on the Temple Mount, under the management of Jordanian King Abdullah II, an Arab.

Israel trying to affect the Mount by "Judaization"? If they only knew just how stupid a statement that really is! Well, it shouldn't be a surprise, coming from an ignorant people who have been conned by radical Semites of Arabia for roughly 700 years!

Abdullah can take his stupidity and leave Christianity alone. Jesus needs no help, especially from some clown who worships some backwater ignorant radical bent on the destruction of anything that doesn't bow to Islam.
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Temple Institute Preparing for 'Perpetual Offering'
 


On Tuesday the 20th of August, the Temple Institute, along with various other organizations tasked with the rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, held a special practice drill in preparation for the reinstitution of the 'daily perpetual offering' recorded in the book of Leviticus. This is the first time such an event has taken place in over 1900 years, since the destruction of the Second Temple by the hands of the Romans in 70 AD.
 
The Mishmeret Kehunah, the Organization for the Renewal of the Priestly Shifts, has inaugurated a new school to help train the kohanim—Jewish people belonging to the priestly tribe of Israel—on the intricacies of their role in the administration of a rebuilt Temple. Kohanim gathered in Jerusalem last week to be shown how to wear their special garments, created by the Temple Institute a few years ago according to the Biblical requirements, and how to perform the 'perpetual offering' as the Levitical priesthood did so many years ago...
 

(Temple Institute [Facebook])—"On the evening of Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, the 14th day of Elul, 5773, the Temple Institute, in cooperation with Mishmeret Kehunah (the Organization for the Renewal of the Priestly Shifts) and other Temple organizations inaugurated a new school dedicated to teaching kohanim the 'lost' art of performing the daily Tamid service in the Holy Temple.
 
That evening, for the first time since the destruction of the Holy Temple, a historic practice drill of the daily Tamid offering was reenacted by a group of contemporary kohanim-in-training. ...
 
The Temple Institute has made many preparations for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah over the past number of years. Last year the organization performed an 'educational' passover sacrifice of a live goat in a basketball court near to the Temple Mount. Israeli police have routinely forbidden the Temple Mount Faithful from performing the sacrifice on the mount itself for fear of inciting a Muslim backlash. A few years ago the group began construction of the foundation of the altar, they have completed the manufacture of the golden censers, the laver, the golden crown, and have drawn up blueprints for a chamber for the Sanhedrin in the rebuilt Temple. The kohanim have also been actively preparing for the rebuilding of the Temple, reciting a priestly blessing on the Temple Mount in 2007 for the first time in 1900 years.
 
Of course the only thing that is missing in all of this is the Messiah Himself. Some Ultra-Orthodox Jewish people believe that according to the Old Testament, the Messiah will be the one to rebuild the Temple, and that this is not something that we have a right to take on ourselves. Scriptures like Amos 9:11 speak of the Lord raising up the tabernacle of David which is fallen down. On the other hand there are those who believe that the Jewish people must somehow merit the Messiah's coming by actively preparing for it. And so groups like the Temple Institute and Temple Mount Faithful urge both the Jewish people and the nations of the world to pray and contribute towards the rebuilding of the Temple.
 
But what do the Scriptures say?
 
The Bible teaches us that Jerusalem is the city where God has chosen to place His name (1 Kings 11:36). The Lord also said in Isaiah 56:7 that His house, the Jewish Temple, would be called a house of prayer for all nations. So there is no doubt that this is indeed a special place in the eyes of the Lord. Following the construction of Solomon's Temple and his prayer to God, the Lord's presence filled that place (2nd Chronicles 7:2-1). The prophet Malachi also foretold of a day when the Lord Himself, the “Messenger of the Covenant”, would suddenly come to His Temple. The New Testament records His arrival. The Gospels tell how that the Lord “taught daily in the temple”, but adds that “the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him”, Luke 19:47. Twice during His three and a half year ministry the Lord would 'cleanse' His house, driving away the money changers from the courts, and those that made profit of the people's sacrifices to the Lord. In Matthew 21:13 the Lord states, “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”. On His last visit to the Temple, before going to the cross, the Lord Jesus said to them, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”, Luke 13:35.
 
Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, is the Messenger of the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31. It is through His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary that we can have the forgiveness of sins and peace with God. Isaiah 53:10 says “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand”. One day Israel's Messiah will return to His Temple, and will defeat Israel's enemies, and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords from Jerusalem (Zechariah 12). But as the Lord said, that day will not come until the nation of Israel is willing to recognize their rejected King and accept Him as Lord. The prophet Zechariah foresees that coming day...
 

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn (Zechariah 12:10).
 
Have you recognized Him as your Lord and Saviour? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).


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In an effort to help people understand the significance of the temple's past, as well to inspire hope for its reconstruction, the Jerusalem-based Temple Institute released a seven-minute video clip that offers a sneak peak into the new Temple Visitors' Center in Jerusalem. The non-profit Jewish organization was founded in 1987 and is located in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. It is dedicated to rebuilding the Holy Temple of God on Mount Moriah. "All of our outreach here at the Temple Institute is about deepening our feeling of connection - not our feeling of loss, not our feeling of mourning - but our joy with the possibility of our generation being the generation that is leading to the rebuilding of the temple," said Rabbi Chaim Richman, head of the Temple Institute International department in an interview with Israel National News. The Temple Institute website says its short-term goal is to "rekindle the flame" of the temple in people's hearts, and its long-term goal is to rebuild the temple in "our time."

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Regev Calls For Separate Prayer Days For Jews, Muslims On Temple Mount

There should be separate days for Jewish and Muslim prayer on the Temple Mount, Knesset Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev (Likud Beytenu) said Monday. Speaking at a raucous meeting on the police’s treatment of Jewish visitors to the holy site ahead of Succot, she said, “We will allow Jews to visit the Mount, and we don’t want to disturb Muslims who are praying. Why don’t the police decide that if Muslims don’t allow Jews to visit without disturbances, we’ll have days for Jews to access the Mount and days for Muslims?” MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) said Jewish visitors disturbed Muslim worshipers, but that the “occupation is temporary and the government in east Jerusalem is temporary. The crusaders passed, the British passed and so will the Israelis.”
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Jews Challenge Rules to Claim Heart of Jerusalem

Small groups of Jews are increasingly ascending the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, a sacred site controlled for centuries by Muslims, who see the visits as a provocation that could undermine the fragile peace talks started this summer.

For decades the Israelis drawn to the site were mainly a fringe of hard-core zealots, but now more mainstream Jews are lining up to enter, as a widening group of Israeli politicians and rabbis challenge the longstanding rules constraining Jewish access and conduct. Brides go on their wedding days, synagogue and religious-school groups make regular outings, and many surreptitiously skirt the ban on non-Muslim prayer, like a Russian immigrant who daily recites the morning liturgy in his mind, as he did decades ago in the Soviet Union.

Palestinian leaders say the new activity has created the worst tension in memory around the landmark Al Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, and have called on Muslims to defend the site from “incursions.” A spate of stone-throwing clashes erupted this month: on Wednesday, three Muslims were arrested and an Israeli police officer wounded in the face. And on Friday thousands of Arab citizens of Israel rallied in the north, warning that Al Aksa is in danger.

“We reject these religious visits,” Sheik Ekrima Sa’eed Sabri, who oversees Muslim affairs in Jerusalem, said in an interview. “Our duty is to warn,” he added. “If they want to make peace in this region, they should stay away from Al Aksa.”

The 37-acre site is perhaps the most religiously contested place on earth. Jews revere it as the home of the First and Second Temples 2,000 years ago. For Muslims, who call the site the Noble Sanctuary, it is the world’s third holiest spot, from which Muhammad is believed to have ascended to heaven. More than 300,000 foreign tourists also flock there annually, many of them Christians drawn to the ruins of the temple Jesus attended.

Politically, the competing claims to the area are the nut around which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict revolves, the symbolic heart of each side’s religious and historical attachment to Jerusalem that has made its governance one of the thorniest issues in peace negotiations.

Israel captured the site along with the rest of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967, with a general declaring dramatically, “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” But the government immediately returned control to the Muslim authorities, and ever since, a de facto accommodation has prevailed in which Muslims worship at Al Aksa above and Jews at the Western Wall below, a remnant of the retaining wall around the ancient Second Temple.

There have been flare-ups before. In 2000, a visit by Ariel Sharon, then Israel’s opposition leader, accompanied by 1,000 police officers, prompted a violent outbreak and, many argue, set off the second intifada.

Over the last few years, a cause long taken up by only a fringe group of far right-wingers has increasingly been embraced by the modern Orthodox — known here as religious Zionists — who have also gained political power. At three recent Parliament hearings, religious lawmakers and cabinet ministers questioned the status quo, in which non-Muslims can enter the site only for a few hours five days a week, and those identified by the police as Jews are separated, escorted by police officers and admonished not to dance, sing, bow down or even move their lips in prayer.

“The Temple Mount is in our hands — but is it really?” asked Michael Freund, a Jerusalem Post columnist who visited the site as a child in 1977 and returned for the first time last year, with 50 members of his synagogue. “It particularly offends me that the Israeli government puts into place restrictions which prevent Jews from fulfilling their basic right to freedom of worship.”

Jack Stroh, a cardiologist from East Brunswick, N.J., who visited on Wednesday, has been bringing friends for five years before the holidays of Sukkot and Passover — two of three pilgrimage festivals when ancient Jews were required to pray at the temples.

“My cousin said that if Jews don’t go up to the mountain there is an increased chance that the government will say Jews are not interested and will give it away,” he said as his group waited to enter. “I’m taking them up. Someone took me up. They’ll take other people up; it’s a growing phenomenon.”

Amid the religious pilgrims on Wednesday was Michal Berdugo, 25, a secular Israeli who said it had been her “dream for three years” to visit. “It’s part of who we are,” she said.

The recent shift has many roots. For years, most authorities on Jewish law said Jews should not enter the complex for fear of treading on the ancient temple’s holiest spots, but recent archaeological work has led some liberal and even moderate Orthodox rabbis to lift those bans. At the same time, activists have stepped up their campaign for access and prayer at the Temple Mount, part of a broader push to cement Jewish control of all of Jerusalem.

Experts who have observed the phenomenon also see it as a reaction to Israel’s evacuation of Jews from the Gaza Strip in 2005, a redirection of Messianic energy once devoted to West Bank settlements that many fear could soon succumb to the same fate to make way for a Palestinian state.

“The war for the land of Israel is not just political, but essentially spiritual,” said Yossi Klein Halevi, author of a new book that traces the lives of paratroopers who seized the Mount in 1967. “Given that the Temple Mount is the focal point of holiness in the Holy Land, the thinking is that we need to go to the source in order to prevent the further partition of the land.”

Israel Police statistics show visits by people identified as Jews rose to 8,247 in 2011 from 5,792 in 2010, then dipped slightly last year. The figure is on track to top 2011’s total this year, with 5,609 Israelis coming through July. Crowds — and clashes — are expected Sunday and Monday for Sukkot.

While the numbers remain tiny compared with the 10 million annual visitors to the Western Wall below, Palestinian officials say what used to be a trickle of individuals has given way to groups of 40, 60, 90. They were particularly alarmed that the Israeli police commissioner told a newspaper this month that “every Jew who wishes to pray at the Temple Mount can pray on the Temple Mount,” though his subordinates said afterward that did not change the police policy on the ground preventing non-Muslim prayer. A recent visit by the right-wing housing minister also stirred outrage.

“Before, it was some settlers from here, some extremists from there; now we start to hear it from the real officials,” said Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem. “When they get inside with this big number, it’s sure that they will make some kind of religious activities and there will be more friction between them and the people inside the mosque.”

The Palestinians have complained to the United Nations, the Arab League and Secretary of State John Kerry, most recently after Wednesday’s clash, when the chief Palestinian negotiator wrote to Mr. Kerry saying the issue “could inflame the situation and undermine the current opportunity to move toward peace.”

Israel’s chief rabbinate still maintains the Mount is off limits to Jews — a sign saying so is posted at the gate. But a senior Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the government supports “in principle” Jews’ rights to pray there, adding, “we’ve got to do it in a measured way, a sensitive way.”

As visiting the Mount has become more mainstream — one Israeli newspaper has since December 2011 devoted a full page weekly to news and columns about the site — the original hard core has been emboldened. A group formed last year calls for building a small synagogue on the plaza. Yehuda Etzion, who was arrested in 1984 for plotting to blow up the Dome of the Rock, and a team of architects are designing a “future Jerusalem” plan with a new temple at its heart. An activist group’s Web site devoted to the Mount unveiled a virtual tour this summer with a Third Temple where the Dome stands.

“We’re talking about something much deeper than visiting the place, we’re talking about a movement that wants to change the status quo from its roots,” said Yedidia Z. Stern, a vice president of the Israel Democracy Institute, an Orthodox Jew with liberal leanings who has watched the change with concern. “You’re dealing with the ultimate TNT in our national existence here.”

For Max Freidzon, the Russian immigrant, visiting the site has become a daily ritual: he stands still several times on his stroll around the Mount, and goes through the morning prayers — including a plea to rebuild the temple — without moving his lips.

“The situation is the same like it was in the Soviet Union,” said Mr. Freidzon, 46, citing the police escorts, the identification checks, and the ban on religious texts and on a minyan, the 10-person quorum required for public communal prayer. “Step by step, the situation will change. It’s necessary to pray here, and to make here minyan, and to build here temple.”

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2013, 11:42:01 am »

Now this is getting more mainstream news attention(not just from the ME media now).

We will see how this all plays out(ie-whether or not they "sort things out" and build the 3rd Temple before or after the rapture).
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Rebuilding the Jewish Temple

Q. When is the new Jewish Temple to be built, and how will this be accomplished on the Temple Mount?

A. The people of Israel are anxious to rebuild a new Temple, and many preparations have been made to that end already. Priests' vestments and vessels to be used in Temple services have been prepared, and priests are being trained. The main hindrance is the building site itself. The Temple Mount is home to several Islamic holy places: the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Whether the Temple can be constructed either next to, or in place of, these Islamic shrines awaits a determination of where the previous Jewish Temples stood.

Based on archaeological findings so far, there are three main theories of the location of the previous Temple, destroyed by the Romans in AD 70.

    Tel Aviv architect Tuvia Sagiv claims that the Temple was at the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount near where the Al Aqsa Mosque is today. He suggests radar and thermographic scans give evidence of vaults underground, such as would be expected beneath the Temple.
    Hebrew University physicist Asher Kaufmann believes the Temple was built at the northwestern corner of the Temple Mount, about 330 feet from the present Dome of the Rock. He bases this on an ancient artifact found at the site, believed to be the Foundation Stone of the Holy of Holies.
    Several archaeologists believe the Temple stood at the exact place where the Dome of the Rock is today. This is based on existing remains found on the Temple Mount as well as clues in its eastern wall. It is also derived from the belief that the arrangement of the Temple's courts would be in the central part of the Mount.

The truth to this dilemma will obviously have to await further excavations, which in turn are hampered by the political situation in the area. Islamic excavations have endeavored to destroy evidence of the presence of past Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount. Israeli excavations have been severely limited by the Muslims, who have control of the holy sites on the Mount, being given that privilege by Israel following the Israeli conquest of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967.
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Even if the placement of the Jewish Temple does not interfere with the existing Islamic holy sites, its construction could prove problematic, given the antipathy between the Jews and the Muslims. In such a case, an international settlement would have to be negotiated, possibly by someone with the skills of the coming Antichrist. In fact, the construction of the new Temple may be a part of the peace treaty the Antichrist signs with Israel in Daniel 9:27.

Regardless of its proper location on the Temple Mount, the Temple could be built without regard for the Islamic shrines if those sites are destroyed in a war (such as that prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39); by an earthquake; or by terrorism. In any case, a new Temple must be constructed no later than the midpoint of the Tribulation, given that it is the location for the Antichrist making his boastful demand for worship as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

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Cabinet Shows Broad Support For A Single Chief Rabbi

In a signal of the government’s intention to cut the number of chief rabbis from two to one, the cabinet’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Monday approved a private member’s bill that would end the existence of separate Sephardi and Ashkenazi heads for the state rabbinate. There is no reason for two chief rabbis, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid). ”All rabbis today know the Jewish law from both [Sephardi and Ashkenazi] traditions. Everyone’s married to each other,” he told The Times of Israel. “This is a very important step in the process of reunifying the polarized Jewish people,” Lipman added.

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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2013, 11:08:15 am »

I don't know Judaic law that well, but I thought there was only one chief rabbi according to the law, like the High Priest of the Temple.
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Temple Institute Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, in Hanukkah speech announces work on a 'Kohen' school, to be ready for rebuilt Temple.

A representative from The Temple Institute, an organization in Jerusalem which works toward the rebuilding of the Third Temple, stated in a Hanukkah speech Wednesday that a Cohen-priest training program is in place in anticipation of its rededication.

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the Director of the Institute, told Arutz Sheva Radio that he was also using special olive oil from Judea and Samaria Jewish olive groves for the candle-lighting ceremonies this year. "Israel needs to wake up and do what the Hasmoneans did - to rebuild the Temple with their own hands," he stated.

Hanukkah is a particularly important time for the Institute; the Hanukkah story revolves around the rededication of the Second Temple by the Maccabees after waging a bloody war against Greek invaders and assimilated Hellenist Jews.

Rabbi Ariel also stated that the Institute is opening a special school for Cohen-priests, who would service the Third Temple - and that over 40 men with Cohen lineage have signed up.

"Great scholars and priests in Israel will learn at our school," he stated. "We already have forty signed up, who have priestly garments suitable to their sizes." The clothes include every component of the traditional priestly garments, and are reportedly worth over 3000 shekel (just under one thousand dollars) per garment.

"All of this is in the hope that we will soon, please G-d, erect the Third Temple with our own hands, and be able to perform these preistly services in the Temple courtyard," he concluded.

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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2013, 06:13:27 am »

Advocacy for a third temple

The Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City is the third holiest site for Muslims after the Kaaba in Mecca and the tomb of the prophet Mohammed in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Many Jews believe that on the Mount, buried beneath the Al Aqsa mosque, there existed two ancient temples, providing its namesake, the Temple Mount (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת) or Haram al-Sharif (Arabic: الحرم القدسي الشريف, “The Noble Sanctuary“). For many Jews the Temple Mount is considered their holiest site.

This Mount is probably one of the most contested places in the world, and represents the epicentre of the religious dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The number of headlines concerning Jewish extremists trying to pray or gather in the Haram al-Sharif compound and the advocacy work of the so-called “Temple organizations” are on the rise. The phenomenon however is not entirely new, with discussions of the building of a third temple on Al Aqsa’s grounds proving a popular topic amongst religious zealots and right-wing Jews. The topic is still considered somewhat outside mainstream Israeli religious discourse, however a number of incidences suggest the idea is not on the fringes anymore.

In July of last year, according to mainstream national newspaper the Times of Israel, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (member of right-wing party “Jewish Home”) broke “a long-standing taboo on high-ranking government officials speaking about changing the fragile status quo on the holy and contested esplanade.” Joining this controversial call, another Knesset member of Jewish Home, Zevulun Orlev, spoke in favour of the construction of a third temple last year.

Alongside the more unrealistic dreams of some religious groups and politicians to remove or destroy Al Aqsa, the ability to hold Jewish prayer in the compound is becoming an increasingly popular and widespread request among the Jewish population, and certainly no peripheral matter.

Non-Muslims are only allowed to enter the compound during 4 hours of the day and are prohibited from entering the mosque itself. Furthermore, it is prohibited for members of religions other than Islam to pray on the premises. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, currently consisting of David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, recently reiterated their opinion in favour of the ban on Jews from praying in the Haram al-Sharif compound. And signs, attributed to the Rabbinate, are positioned outside the site warning visitors that according to the Torah, it is forbidden for any person to enter the Temple Mount because of its sacredness.

This decision may have been a relief for many, but attempts to “legalize” Jewish prayer in the site persist; including a request by Israel's Religious Services Deputy Minister Ben Dahan during an Interior Committee meeting of the Knesset in November of this year. Indeed, a number of people have been moved to ignore the ruling of the Chief Rabbinate. According to the New York Times, Israeli Police statistics show that 8,247 people visiting the site identified as Jews in 2011, compared to 5,792 in 2010. After a dip in numbers in 2012, the site saw 5,609 Jewish visitors through July of this year.

Dahan's request caused a heated debate in the Knesset, particularly between Miri Regev, chairwoman of the Knesset Interior Committee (Likud), and some Arab Israeli members of Knesset. In the past, Regev repeatedly advised the police to allow Jews to enter the compound: “Just because some Muslims throw stones when Jews go up to the Temple Mount is not a reason to prevent them from going [...]”. Despite her objections, the Knesset concluded that changing the status quo would cause too great a security threat - recalling the effect of Ariel Sharon’s visit in 2000, which is commonly attributed as one of the primary triggers of the outbreak of the Second Intifada. 
 
Although the draft law has been rejected for now, a number of Temple organisations in Israel have petitioned the Israeli Ministerial Council to employ a Rabbi in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. And The Temple Institute wishes to place a large Menorah, which could be seen from the Western Wall, atop the Dome of the Rock on Jewish holidays.

The Temple Institute is a messianic organization that is dedicated to rebuilding the Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, the presumed ancient location of Solomon’s temple. The institute is registered as a non-profit, but pays taxes in the USA. The vast majority of donations come from private individuals, whose “generosity can make the difference between dream and reality”.
 
Members of the Temple Institute have recently been in the media spotlight as frequent visitors to the Al Aqsa compound. Itzchak Reuven, one of the leaders of The Temple Institute, located in the Jewish quarter in the Old City, is well known among local police. For him, scaling the Temple Mount, despite the tension it provokes, is a “cultural obligation”. The police meanwhile, play a very special role in his ritual: They cannot stop him or others from visiting the Mount without proof of an immediate security threat, but they must prevent him from praying - which is considered the ultimate provocation against Muslims at the site. Visitor rules also prohibit individuals from bringing Bibles and other religious publications or paraphernalia into the compound, although men are allowed to wear kippot.

In its “brief guide” to ascending the Temple Mount, The Temple Institute writes “In spite of these draconian restrictions, the aliyah can still be an intensely spiritual and religious experience, and we will learn how to deal with these restrictions.”

“Dealing with the restrictions”, is in fact a euphemism for tricking the police - with suggestions that include pretending be on the phone while performing prayers, and tying ones shoelaces in order to bow in prayer – which is becoming increasingly frequent at the Mount. Members of the Temple Institute assert that the police are “acting in collusion with the Muslim authorities…out of disproportionate fear of Muslim sensitivities”, and discriminate against Jewish religious freedom. For Muslims worshippers at the compound, the exact opposite is true, with police seen protecting and escorting Jewish worshippers around the holy site.

The Temple Institute, with Rabbi Chaim Richman as director, hosts a large exhibition of vestments and sacred vessels, as well as a replica of the Ark of the Covenant. All these artefacts are collected and created for the purpose of being used in the proposed third temple. The Temple Institute shop sells books and various objects and souvenirs that relate to the Temple Mount, including posters in soft colours depicting Jewish worshipers praying at the Mount. On closer inspection, one can see that the site has been visually altered to exclude the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of Rock.
 
The Temple Institute is far from the only organisation striving for a third temple. Others include “The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement”, and the “Temple Mount Faithful” – lead by IDF officer Gershon Salomon, who gained notoriety when, in October 1990, he and others announced their intention to bring the foundation stones for the third temple to the Al Aqsa compound. This announcement lead to riots on the Temple Mount which resulted in the deaths of 20 Palestinians at the hands of Israeli Border Police.
 
Independent temple activists include Yehuda Glick, who is probably best known for publicly declaring his intention to sacrifice a lamb on the Temple Mount; Jeremy Gimpel, member of Habayit Hayehudi who “joked” about blowing up the Dome of the Rock; and United Jerusalem leader, Arieh King, who stated that “no Jew should fear visiting the temple mount” while simultaneously encouraging more Jews to relocate to occupied East Jerusalem.

The controversial topic is gaining traction in mainstream Israeli society and legitimacy in political discussions, which begs the question: Why? Is there a common and sincere desire for Jewish prayers to be held at the Temple Mount, despite being expressly forbidden by the Chief Rabbinate (the foremost authority on religious matters) and the Torah?
 
The nuances and resolution of these contradictions have yet to be clarified, but what is clear, is that claiming the site in this manner represents a power play against those who might question the absolute sovereignty of Israel and its ultimate goal of an undivided, and predominantly Jewish, Jerusalem.

Indeed, a letter from the Prime Minister's office in 2004 – written by the former Minister of Internal Security under Sharon, Zachi HaNegbi - and published on the homepage of The Temple Institute, summarizes this sentiment and what it means for the political parties of the Knesset fairly well:

“There is no question about the fact that the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount strengthens Jewish sovereignty in this holy site in a significant way. Since the Mount was reopened on July 20, 2003, it has been visited by more than 70,000 Jews. These visits necessitate a permanent police presence on the Mount, and they serve to help the Palestinians get used to the fact that the Jewish people have a deep bond with the dwelling place of the Holy Temple. Obviously, this adds to the strength of our claim to sovereignty on the Mount.
 
With Blessings,
 Zachi HaNegbi”

The draft law mandating Jewish prayer times in the compound is clearly then a claim of sovereignty over the Mount, and while there remain moderate voices that do not wish to provoke a third Intifada, an increasing number would hazard these consequences to take over the Haram al-Sharif.

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New calls for Jewish prayer at Jerusalem holy site

For decades, the religious Jews who bucked a rabbinic ban and visited a contested holy site in Jerusalem where the ancient Jewish temple once stood were seen by many as a fanatic fringe.

But their cause is gaining support among both mainstream religious Jews and Israel’s government, much to the dismay of Muslim officials. Jewish visits to the politically sensitive compound are on the rise, and key Israeli lawmakers are lobbying to end a ban on Jewish prayer there. Israel has also approached Jordan, which administers Muslim religious affairs at the site, about allowing limited Jewish worship there.

The visits have unnerved Muslim authorities, who fear Israel is quietly trying to upset a fragile status quo and encroach upon the site. Similar tensions in the past have boiled over into deadly violence.

“If this happens, there will be lot of bloodshed,” said Azzam Khatib, director general of the Waqf, Jordan’s Islamic authority that manages the Jerusalem holy site, about the possibility of organized Jewish prayers there.

The raised compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, is ground zero in the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Israel captured the site, located in the Old City, and the rest of east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war, declaring it part of a unified capital. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Revered as Islam’s third holiest spot, the site’s gold-topped Dome of the Rock enshrines the rock from which Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended on a visit to heaven.

Jews believe the rock may mark the holiest part of the two ancient temples that stood about 2,000 years ago — where religious Jews pray a third temple will one day be built.

The site is so holy that Jews have traditionally refrained from praying on the hilltop, congregating instead at the adjacent Western Wall, a remnant of a temple retaining wall. In recent weeks, Israel’s chief rabbis, as well as the rabbi of the Western Wall, have urged people not to ascend the Temple Mount, arguing that Jews could inadvertently enter the holiest area of the once-standing temple, where it was forbidden to tread.

Attitudes among Orthodox Jews have been evolving, however, as archaeologists have weighed in about the precise location of the ancient temples — and of places where Jews would be allowed to set foot.

Jewish visits jumped from about 5,700 in 2009 to some 8,300 in 2011. Last year, the number dropped to about 7,800 and this year rose to nearly 8,000, according to police figures published by the Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon. A police spokeswoman confirmed the police had compiled statistics for the paper through a freedom of information request.

In one of the strangest security measures in the Holy Land, visitors identified as Jews receive police escorts to ensure they do not break a ban on prayers, put in place to keep the peace.

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, a group that has for years been advocating for Jewish prayer at the site, said police often harass and remove Jews who recite prayers.

“I’m asking for the right to move my lips,” Richman said.

An aide to Israel’s Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said the ministry has drafted a proposal allowing for limited Jewish prayer in the compound.

“We see great importance to allow equality in freedom of religion,” said Idit Druyan, the aide. “There is no reason why one religion is allowed and another religion is not.”

Muslims have protested in recent weeks over what they call Jewish encroachment. Muslim clerics have warned against allowing separate hours for Jewish and Muslim prayer, an arrangement Druyan said the Religious Affairs Ministry has considered.

A Jordanian official said Israel asked Jordan this month to consider allowing a limited number of Jews to pray in a small area in the compound, according to a Jordanian official. The Israeli request was rebuffed, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a diplomatic matter.

The Jordanian official said King Abdullah II has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu several times, most recently two weeks ago, to prevent Jewish worship at the compound, warning it could ignite anti-Israel sentiment around the Muslim world.

Israeli officials declined to comment.

The status of the site remains perhaps the most explosive issue in U.S.-brokered peace talks.

When Israel captured it, an Israeli flag was enthusiastically raised on the Dome of the Rock. But the flag was quickly taken down, and Israel conceded administrative control of the compound to the Waqf.

When hawkish former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ascended the mount in 2000 in a demonstration of Israeli sovereignty, it helped trigger the second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising. More than 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis were killed in several years of fighting.

Despite tensions, Jewish visits continue. One morning last week, during tourist hours, eight Orthodox Jews entered, shadowed by an Israeli police officer and a Waqf representative. When their minders were distracted, the visitors murmured psalms.

The Jewish visitors said they often resort to tricks to circumvent the ban. Some recite prayers while pretending to talk on the phone. Others secretly prostate themselves in prayer while bending down to observe shrubbery or pick up dropped keys.

Pinchas Rosenfelder, a 44-year-old Toronto native who moved to Israel, said his monthly visits to the site were to uphold Israeli sovereignty.

“If you’re not in a place, you lose it,” Rosenfelder said. “The lack of a Jewish presence here is not a good thing.”

Rabbi David Rosen, an Israeli interfaith activist, said Jews should be allowed to pray at the site as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, but allowing it before a deal could torpedo current negotiations.

“The fact something is a right doesn’t mean you have to exercise it,” Rosen said. “It doesn’t take much to light this tinderbox.”


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Is the Israeli Government Intentionally Relinquishing the Temple Mount?

Over the past few years, an increasing number of reports have emerged about the heightened tensions in the area of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (what the Muslims call “Al Aqsa” mosque) between those Jews who wish to pray there and the Muslim Waqf.
 
Since the glorious Jewish liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967; the immortal words of Israeli Lt. General “Motta” Gur still ring in the ears of the nation of Israel. As he commanded the army division that penetrated the holy city that that had been under Jordanian rule for the last 19 years, the words “Har HaBayit B’Yadenu” (the Temple Mount is in our hands) was broadcast around the globe.
 
Rivers of tears flowed freely down the faces of Jews of all stripes and denominations on that day; as the dream of thousands of years has finally come true. Once again, Jews would pray thrice daily at the Western Wall and at the place where the holy Beis Hamikdash once stood.
 
It didn’t take very long for Israel to acquiesce to the guilt that wracked them over defeating their Arab enemies during the six-day war. Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan immediately ordered soldiers to remove an Israeli flag that had been raised over the Temple Mount. He declared: “To our Arab neighbors we extend the hand of peace. To members of the other religions, Christians and Muslims, I hereby promise faithfully that their full freedom and all their religious rights will be preserved. We did not come to Jerusalem to conquer the Holy Places of others.” (Meron Benvenisti, Jerusalem: The Torn City, Isratypeset, Jerusalem, 1976)
 
Handing administrative control over the Temple Mount to Jordan's Islamic Waqf, Dayan banned Jews from holding prayer services there. Israel, however, retained sovereignty and security control of the area.
 
According to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting web site, “since 1967, there has been a growing attempt by Palestinians to marshal the religious fervor of the Arab and Muslim world in order to wrest Jerusalem from Israeli control. As historian Dr. Yitzhak Reiter documented in a 2005 study entitled "From Jerusalem to Mecca and Back: The Islamic Consolidation of Jerusalem," their campaign involves denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount while advancing Jerusalem and particularly the al-Aqsa compound’s sacredness in contemporary Islam. It also involves reinventing history to create an Arab connection to Jerusalem predating the Jewish one.”
 
Responding to a 2012 report describing the Arab harassment of Jews who visit the Temple Mount, Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute said this kind of abusive behavior has become commonplace and quite deliberate. “It is obvious from years of experience that the Waqf's single intent vis-à-vis Jews on the Temple Mount is to make them feel unwelcome, unwanted and like trespassers anywhere they might be on the Mount,” he told Arutz Sheva.
 
The solution, he suggested, is for Israel’s police to get involved. “It is unacceptable that the police allow Jewish youth groups from abroad to be monitored by the Waqf without Israeli policemen present,” he continued. “A policeman should either be attached to every group which goes up or should be visibly stationed across the Mount wherever such a group might be so that any incident of anti-Jewish harassment can be immediately and easily reported to the police.”
 
Waqf employees should not be allowed to communicate with non-Muslims “except via an Israeli policeman,” he said.
 
And this is the precise nexus of the issue. Verifiable evidence has recently been documented in a recent Israeli government classified report that indicates that authorities are intentionally not exercising their lawful authority on the Temple Mount in order to placate the Waqf and the incessant cries of international pressure.
 
In addition to the Israeli police, the authorities of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Antiquities Authority also have legal authority on the Temple Mount. It has become tragically clear, however, that their timorous posture, their gross ineptitude and palpable weakness have resulted in placing actual sovereignty of the Temple Mount in the hands of the Muslims.
 
In truth, the Muslim Waqf has been accorded tacit approval by the Israeli government to do whatever it likes in their mini “autonomous state.”
 
The director of the Israeli Antiquities Authority had stated that they were forced to authorize a dig in the Temple courtyard with a tractor backhoe because of threats issue by the Waqf.
 
In November of 1999, the Waqf perpetrated an unprecedented archaeological crime when it excavated a massive amount of earth filled with artifacts from the First and Second Temple periods to build an entrance to the gigantic underground mosque in Solomon’s Stables, also built illegally and without any permit inside a huge, ancient space.
 
The writing is on the walls for all those who have eyes to see and ears that hear. There is strong evidence that the Israeli government is in collusion with the Muslim Waqf in order to maintain their independence and perhaps their dominance in the region.
 
Such facts represent a stark realization that this unacceptable situation must be rectified in the most expeditious manner possible. As readers of the Jewish Voice, we invite you to stay tuned to this paramount issue. In the next few weeks; in an exclusive report, the Jewish Voice will make the findings of this classified report public. For the sake of our future as a people and that of generations to follow, we exhort you not to miss the disclosure of this vital information.

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« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2013, 06:20:03 am »

Temple Mount high

With all the difficulties, the state must resolve the absurdity of the situation whereby a Jew is the second-class citizen at this so very Jewish place.

Lately, hardly ever a day passes without a news item relating in some way to the Temple Mount. This is not only true as regards Israel’s local media, including longer in-depth articles in weekend editions – newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Le Monde have been devoting special reports to the site, as well.

On the average of once a month or so, the Knesset’s Interior Committee convenes, chaired by Likud MK Miri Regev, who enthusiastically supports Jewish prayer within the compound. Police representatives are required to report on their activities and explain their failure to uphold the law which guarantees free access and worship. Arab MKs shout and rant and warn that their constituents will react violently, a tactic for which they never apologize, and never denounce.

The courts are also a venue for Temple Mount activity. After being arrested four years ago and banned from the Temple Mount for some two years, Yehuda Glick, a central figure of the Coordinating Council of Temple Mount Organizations, recently won a NIS 30,000 payment from the police in the courtroom of Magistrate Malka Aviv for unjustified arrest. Last month, following a two-week hunger strike, another ban was lifted by the police after they realized its arbitrariness could not be defended.

Not only are old customs being revived, but new customs are being encouraged.

The past few years, brides on the eve of their weddings have been visiting the Temple Mount. Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely was one of the more famous such visitors. This has developed from the necessity for ritual immersion prior to entrance for those who observe those halachic instructions. Since religious unmarried women do not visit the mikveh, the first opportunity they have is just prior to their chuppah ceremony. The IDF also has weekly visits of hundreds of soldiers.

Islamists are quite concerned by these developments. Arab-language websites followed by Jewish activists are full of pictures and stories. Video clips are uploaded and Facebook accounts highlight occurrences. They post and translate posters issued by Temple Mount groups. And they exaggerate details or resort to fictitious renditions of reality.

Anyone who visits cannot miss the men of al-Shabab al-Aqsa, recruited by Sheikh Ra’ed Salah’s Northern Branch Islamic Movement, who sit in study circles.

They are there to “defend al-Aqsa” by staking out territory through a squatting maneuver so as to prevent Jews from attempting to pray on the Temple Mount or display any other overt act of obvious Jewish identification with the site.

These extremists are paid for each “shift” that they work, as are those of a “Women’s Corps” who share the “defense” duties. Arab affairs expert Avi Issachoroff has written that these ladies, also recruited by the Islamic Movement, are generally poor, divorced or widows. Their salaries and transportation are taken care of, as are those of the men, by Salah’s group.

They shout insults and cries of “Allah Akhbar” at non-Muslim visitors, and recently, physically move into the space of the Jewish visitors, attempting to cause an incident that will then be exploited, as has happened previously when a policeman was blamed for “throwing” a Koran on the floor.

The Islamic presence is varied. The site itself is administered through the Jordanian Ministry of Religious Trust/Wakf. Hamas tries to make inroads. There are, at times, members of the Kharkat al-Tahrir and Salafist movements as well as others depending of the events of the day, such as pro-Sisi and anti-Morsi demonstrators or supporters of Erdogan of Turkey. More importantly, though, was the March Jordan-Palestinian Authority agreement.

That document recalled “the unique religious importance, to all Muslims, of al-Masjid al-Aqsa” and “the role of King Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali in protecting...the holy sites in Jerusalem... [since] March 11, 1924.” It also recognized “that the right of self-determination of the Palestinian people is expressed in realizing the State of Palestine whose territory encompasses the land within which al-Masjid al-Aqsa (al-Haram al-Sharif) is situated.” The parties operationally agreed that King Abdallah II is to be “the custodian of the Jerusalem holy sites.”

There are other Muslim voices. Mudar Zahran published on December 9 his “Who Is Destroying Al-Aqsa Mosque?” describing a recent visit to the Temple Mount. He was shocked at Al-Aqsa’s neglected state, being in need of maintenance.

Scaffolding has been up for years to impress donors, but nothing gets repaired. He learned that Jordan provides the money for salaries but that there is no accountability for the staff’s handling of the money.

One staff member, asked why al-Aqsa was in such a state, told Zahran to ask Azzam al-Khatib [al-Aqsa’s manager]. Another employee at the Dome of the Rock informed him, oddly, that “this is all the fault of the Jews; they are to blame for all of this.” The answer he received to the question of how the Jews were responsible, exactly, was a shrug of the shoulders. His conclusion was that “it seems that it is we Arabs and Muslims who are harming Al-Aqsa, not Israel or the Jews.”

The real negligence on the Temple Mount is the unwillingness of the State of Israel to assert its full sovereignty there. Ever since Moshe Dayan squatted down with the Wakf on June 17, 1967, together with David Farhi, and symbolically returned the keys to the gates, the state has sensessly kowtowed to the most fanatical behavior.

Only in August 1967 did Dayan take the key to the Muhgrabi Gate back from Wakf head Hassan Tahboub, and military police were stationed at the entrance to the gate. Later, regular police assumed supervision.

On April 22, the above mentioned PA-Jordanian Agreement on Jerusalem caused MK Yariv Levine (Likud) to ask the foreign minister a Parliamentary Question. Noting that the agreement seemingly represents an attempt to negatively affect Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem and its holy shrines, his two queries were: 1) What is Israel’s official stand regarding the agreement? And 2) Why does Israel not declare publicly and firmly that it rejects this injurious attempt?

The answer came a month later from then deputy foreign minister Ze’ev Elkin, and it reads:
 
“1. The setting of Jordan’s position complies with Israel’s outlook and contributes to the distancing of undesired elements, including Qatar and other Arab Muslim countries.

2. The Jordanian recognition of Palestinian sovereignty in east Jerusalem is not new but has been reestablished by this agreement.

3. The agreement does comply with the terms of the special status awarded to Jordan concerning the holy sites to Islam according to the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, 9 (2), and therefore restricts the Palestinian aspirations, symbolically and administratively, on the Temple Mount.”

This is an irrational approach, injurious to Israel’s interests. I can imagine King Abdullah singing Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s song, “Two Banks Has The Jordan.”

The Temple Mount is a national site, of religious, cultural and historic importance.

Its intrinsic Jewish value is immeasurable. We still fast over it being besieged and its destructions. With all the difficulties, the state must resolve the absurdity of the situation whereby a Jew is the second-class citizen at this so very Jewish place.

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"Israeli settlers have stormed repeatedly Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the last two days, and on Thursday even climbed the Dome of the Rock Mosque. The settlers were led by the radical Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who is the former head of the Temple Institute. He was accompanied by a journalist on Thursday who carried a camera to document the attack, while settlers reportedly engaged in verbal altercations with angry Muslim worshipers defending the mosque. Witnesses reported that Rabbi Glick returned to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque twice on Friday, joined by groups of Jewish settlers whom he lectured to about the alleged Temple.

The settlers have now become accustomed to storming the mosque regularly, usually touring around the yards starting from the Mughrabi Gate and then going to Al-Marwani Mosque, Rahma Gate, Al-Asbat Gate and King Faisal Gate until the Alqtanin Gate, exiting from Al-Selselah Gate. However, this is the first incident where the settlers have climbed the Dome of the Rock Mosque.

The General Director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, has condemned the incident and described it as a provocative and dangerous step. Meanwhile, the Islamic-Christian Committee to support Jerusalem and its holy sites issued a press statement affirming that the incident represents "a flagrant violation against places of worship" and pointing out that the Israeli occupation authorities have almost completed their efforts to Judaise Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings and are preparing to announce it as a Jewish synagogue.

In related news, Israeli occupation forces arrested three young Palestinian men from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and took them to a police station in the occupied city of Jerusalem."

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"Israeli settlers have stormed repeatedly Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the last two days, and on Thursday even climbed the Dome of the Rock Mosque. The settlers were led by the radical Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who is the former head of the Temple Institute. He was accompanied by a journalist on Thursday who carried a camera to document the attack, while settlers reportedly engaged in verbal altercations with angry Muslim worshipers defending the mosque. Witnesses reported that Rabbi Glick returned to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque twice on Friday, joined by groups of Jewish settlers whom he lectured to about the alleged Temple.

The settlers have now become accustomed to storming the mosque regularly, usually touring around the yards starting from the Mughrabi Gate and then going to Al-Marwani Mosque, Rahma Gate, Al-Asbat Gate and King Faisal Gate until the Alqtanin Gate, exiting from Al-Selselah Gate. However, this is the first incident where the settlers have climbed the Dome of the Rock Mosque.

The General Director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, has condemned the incident and described it as a provocative and dangerous step. Meanwhile, the Islamic-Christian Committee to support Jerusalem and its holy sites issued a press statement affirming that the incident represents "a flagrant violation against places of worship" and pointing out that the Israeli occupation authorities have almost completed their efforts to Judaise Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings and are preparing to announce it as a Jewish synagogue.

In related news, Israeli occupation forces arrested three young Palestinian men from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and took them to a police station in the occupied city of Jerusalem."

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/9292-israeli-settlers-storm-al-aqsa-mosque-and-climb-dome-of-the-rock

They use the word occupied a lot in that article. The only occupying going on is by the muslims...
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Israeli Minister: Let's Build Third Temple

Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel, of the "Jewish Home" fundamentalist party, a senior member of Israel's settler-led government, has called for the "rebuilding" of what he calls the "Third Temple", to replace al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Al Ray Palestinian News Agency has reported. “The first Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE, the second Temple in 70 CE, and ever since the Jews have been mourning its loss,” he claims. “Now that Israel has once again become a Jewish sovereign state, there have been occasional calls to rebuild the Temple,” he added. Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e. the Farthest Mosque) is considered to be the third-holiest site in Islam and...
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Call For 3rd Temple Summons Antichrist

This Antichrist will come as a peacemaker, especially bringing a peace agreement in the Mideast between Israel and the Palestinians. This agreement will allow Israel to rebuild their temple that was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. As the Jews rejoice over the ability to at last observe all of the ceremonies and traditions of their worship under the law they will be aghast when this imposter sets himself up as God (just as Satan tried to do earlier). The whole world will be thrown into chaos, and peace will not be found anywhere on earth. (“For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them...” 1Thessalonians 5:3).
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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2014, 07:19:44 am »

Israel eyeing more control of Temple Mount, Bennett says
February 17, 2014 12:34pm   

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel may try to assume more control over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, a government minister told American Jewish leaders.

Naftali Bennett, the chairman of the Jewish Home party and the minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, on Monday told leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations at the group’s annual meeting in Jerusalem that his office has taken steps to exercise greater Israeli sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem, Haaretz reported.

Among the steps, he said, is providing better services to the Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem.

In addressing the issue of the Temple Mount, Bennett reportedly said, “Unfortunately, the Temple Mount today doesn’t allow for the full exercise of freedom of religion, and there is discrimination against Jews there. But we have to be very careful when dealing with the Temple Mount because of the huge sensitivity of the site.”

The Temple Mount is under the control of the Islamic Wakf.

Bennett’s speech came a day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a group of visiting Israeli students that he would not be willing to share sovereignty over the Temple Mount but would allow Jews to worship at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

On Sunday, lawmakers in Jordan threatened to shut down the country’s embassy in Tel Aviv and expel Israel’s ambassador to Amman if Israeli lawmakers drafted a law to end the Wakf’s authority over Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem, calling it a breach of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty.

A Knesset plenum debate on “the loss of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount” is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Rabbis to Knesset: Extend sovereignty to Temple Mount

A group of rabbis and yeshiva heads have submitted a petition to the Knesset demanding legislation to extend Jewish sovereignty on the Temple Mount. Riots broke out again on Friday on the Temple Mount in response to growing tension on the issue. The petition comes ahead of Knesset deliberation on policies regarding the Temple Mount, due to begin in the middle of next week. The session will review a proposal by MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) to place the entire Temple Mount under Israeli supervision.   

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« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2014, 04:42:11 pm »

Israel plans to annex Al Aqsa compound

(AFP) / 26 February 2014

Islam’s third-holiest site has been administered by Jordan for 20 years under a 1994 peace treaty.

Security forces fire stun grenades, rubber bullets

Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinian protesters on Tuesday in the sensitive Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, ahead of a parliamentary debate over sovereignty of the holy site.

Israel’s Knesset was preparing to debate a bill calling for Israel to annex the compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, which has been administered by Jordan for 20 years under a 1994 peace treaty.

Jordan’s opposition Islamists, meanwhile, urged the government to freeze the treaty with Israel, fiercely objecting to any change in status of Jerusalem’s Muslim sites.

Israeli security forces entered the Al Aqsa compound just after 7.30am, and fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian protesters, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, adding there was ‘high tension’ ahead of the Knesset debate.

Stones thrown by the Palestinians injured two policemen while three protesters were arrested, he said. Palestinian medics said 15 protesters were injured by rubber bullets.

Azzam Al Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf body that oversees the site, said he had called for a closure of access to the compound to avoid clashes. “Since yesterday we’ve been demanding the closure of the Maghabira gate (which leads to Al Aqsa compound), because of the provocations and statements against Muslims by various rightwing parties,” he said.

“We are waiting to see what happens at the Knesset today,” he said, adding: “There have been Jordanian contacts with Israel to prevent any moves that will affect Al Aqsa’s status” under Jordanian administration.

The Israeli Knesset, or parliament, is due to debate in the evening a bill introduced by MP Moshe Feiglin, a hardline member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, which envisages the “application of Israeli sovereignty” over the compound.

Jordan’s opposition Islamists called on the government to freeze the treaty, latching onto the bill as justification for severing ties with Israel.

“We urge the government to meet the demands of people who have repeatedly called for freezing and eventually  cancelling the peace treaty,” the Islamic Action Front said on its website.

Jordanian officials were not immediately available for comment.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2014/February/middleeast_February282.xml&section=middleeast
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47 Jordanian MPs call to cancel Israel peace treaty over Knesset Temple Mount debate

Lawmakers in Amman sign petition criticizing the Jordanian Government for not taking a "strong and solid stand" against the Knesset.

The Knesset debate on Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tuesday sparked  a furious reaction from Jordanian legislators in Amman including calls to cancel the peace treaty with Israel and to return the Jordanian envoy from Tel Aviv.

In the peace treaty signed between the two governments nearly 20 years ago, Israel acknowledged the Hashemite Kingdom’s “special role” in the custodianship of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The Wakf Muslim religious trust was given oversight of the holy site following the Six Day War in 1967.

On Tuesday, right-wing MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beytenu) protested the limitations on Jewish worship on the Mount in the first ever debate on sovereignty of the site ever to be held in the Knesset plenum.

The debate came on the same day as the latest in a series of rioting on the Mount in the past month, by Arabs who object to any Jewish presence on the holy site. Tuesday morning’s riot resulted in three arrests and two police officers lightly injured. Stun grenades were used to disperse the rioters.

Although the Supreme Court has upheld Jewish prayer rights on the site, the court allows police to prevent any form of worship there if they believe such activities will incite a “disturbance to the public order.”

In response to the Knesset debate, 47 Jordanian MPs signed a petition on Tuesday that called for the cancellation of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel, The Jordan Times reported.

The petition criticized the Jordanian government for not taking a “strong and solid stand against the Knesset’s attempts to revisit Jordan’s role as custodian of the Islamic and Christian shrines in Jerusalem," according to the report. 

MP Yihya Saud, Chairman of the House Palestine Committee, urged the government to expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman and recall the Jordanian ambassador from Tel Aviv in response to the Knesset debate, according to the news outlet.

Further, the report cited Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh as saying last week: “Not one and not even 1,000 Knesset members can cancel the Hashemite custodianship of Islamic and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem.” 

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MK Cabel Asks Feiglin: Are You the Messiah?
Knesset debate kindles discussion of biblical promise to the Jewish people – going back to Abraham.


The Knesset debate Tuesday over Israel's sovereignty – or lack of – on the Temple Mount touched upon a subject that has always been taboo in Israeli politics: the Biblical Messianic promise of a future Greater Israel with a rebuilt Temple at its center. According to IDF Radio, while the debate was not particularly virulent by Knesset standards, the discussion “has long term ramifications” and can be expected to continue.

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beytenu), who initiated the debate, began his speech by mentioning the 5-meter-tall brass menorah that stands in the Rose Garden outside the Knesset, as well as the smaller menorah that adorns the Knesset speaker's podium, and noting that it is largely thanks to the relief on Rome's Arch of Titus – which celebrates Rome's destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 CE – that we know just how the Menorah looked.

MK Feiglin explained that in 1967, when Israel liberated Jerusalem's Old City, “through great miracles,” the Jews “received a gift” from their Heavenly Father, in the form of the Temple Mount – but then gave it away to the Muslim Waqf, choosing instead to keep only the gift's “wrapping” – the Western Wall, or Kotel.

IDF Radio noted that while the usually rowdy Arab MKs boycotted the debate completely, centrist Likud MKs were surprisingly present and supportive. Coalition Chairman MK Yariv Levin, who was angry with Feiglin for insisting on touring the Temple Mount early in this Knesset's term, has apparently had a change of heart. “There is no living body that can function without a heart,” said the secular Levin at the debate. “We need to remember this – because a right that many generations of our fellow Jews did not have, has fallen into our hands.”

The messianic overtones of the debate were not lost on the ears of the Opposition. MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) sniped at Feiglin, and asked with sarcasm: “Why stop at the Temple Mount? If you are the new messiah of our times, what about the Covenant of the Parts [brit beyn habetarim – the covenant between G-d and Abraham in which G-d promised the land of Israel, from Egypt to the Euphrates, to his descendants]? What about the tribes of Reuven and Gad, and half of the tribe of Menashe [the Israelite tribes whose land was located east of the Jordan]? Why leave them behind?”

The Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site, where the two holy Temples once stood before being destroyed by the Babylonian and Roman empires, respectively.

Despite its supreme importance to Jews worldwide, Jews are subject to draconian limitations on the Mount, including a ban on praying, due to the presence of an Islamic complex, administered by the Waqf Islamic Trust, and threats by Islamist groups. The Israeli police are able to bypass court decisions upholding the Jewish right to prayer there by citing unspecifiied "security concerns", either to ban individual activists or even to issueblanket prohibitions on Jews ascending at all.

The Knesset debate caused tension Tuesday on the Temple Mount, where Arabs threw rocks and firecrackers at police when they opened the Rambam Gate, the only entrance through which Jews are permitted to enter, injuring two policemen. Police then reportedly responded by closing down the site... to Jews. Matters on the Mount appeared to have calmed down, however, by Wednesday morning, going back to their normal abnormal state.

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