Jul 17, 2017

Temple Mount Outrage

I must write again about the “shenanigans” going on at the site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Another Palestinian terror attack was launched against the Israelis again this week, leaving two dead and injuring three. Thankfully, the terrorists were killed. The attack took place just hours ago, as I write this.

After decades of mind-numbing non-discernment by our diplomats and politicians, one can hope that things are changing in terms of public patience with Palestinian idiocy. The murderous bent present in that society, particularly of course among the “leadership,” is unacceptable, grotesque, and unjust.

Murdering Jews for a century or more now, the local Arab population is intransigent and warped. My view is more harsh than even most pro Israel folks, but I’m really sick of it. The more the West has coddled the Palestinians, the more they turn to murder.

It’s murder. Simple as that.

From struggling Jewish immigrants a century ago, to the Munich murders, to the Fogel family in our time, Israelis have been targeted by the Palestine Liberation Organization for far too long.

Today’s murders on the Temple Mount took place near Lion’s Gate, on the east side of the Old City. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I was there last month. This is the gate through which Israeli paratroopers entered the Old City when it was captured in 1967.

Get this. After Friday’s attack, one of the killers ran back to the Temple Mount and was subdued by officers. He then pulled out a knife and tried to kill again, before being shot dead.

Can you explain this apart from demonic activity? I cannot fully fathom this murderous streak in the Arabs apart from a supernatural explanation.

Remember, even Arab mothers and children have attacked and murdered Israelis. This level of hatred, fomented by the depraved Yasser Arafat and his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, is unexplainable in the natural, in my opinion.

The murderers were actually Arab Israelis, from the northern town of Umm al-Fahm. According to The Times of Israel:

“The three attackers — Muhammad Ahmed Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamad Abdel Latif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mafdal Jabarin, 19 — were all reportedly members of the now-illegal Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which is led by the firebrand Arab Israeli figure Raed Salah, who has served as mayor of Umm al-Fahm.

“The Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch was deemed illegal by Israel in November 2015. The group has been tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Following the attack, President Reuven Rivlin along with a number of Israeli politicians called for Arab Israeli Knesset members to condemn the attack. However, as of Friday afternoon, only one member of the Arab Joint List, its chairman Ayman Odeh, made a statement criticizing the attack to reporters or on social media.”

This kind of outrage will not stop until the Palestinians themselves feel real pain. If you think that statement is inflammatory, “pain” can mean many things. I sense a waking-up of people with regard to jihad launched by Muslims. People are sick of it. Sick of the extreme arrogance of Muslims that consider the rest of us subhuman.

Israel has closed the Temple Mount completely for at least two days. Good. I wish it would be permanently closed to Muslims, but at least the Israelis are doing something.

A tipping-point is coming with regard to the murderous impulses of Muslims who have been given a free pass for far too long.

We are not obligated to let them murder us.





Jul 10, 2017

When Religion Gets Aggressive

It was sublime being in Jerusalem on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, including walking through Lion’s Gate on the morning of June 7. This route, taken by IDF troops on their way to unfurling the Star of David atop the Temple Mount, is also the shortest path to Mt. Moriah.

Most of you know what happened next: IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan returned control of the 35-acre plaza to the Palestinians. He wanted, of course, to minimize chances of an Arab uprising, should the Israelis maintain strict control of what Muslims call Haram al-Sharif.

In the decades since Israel’s miraculous victory, we have seen continual weak posture from the West, regarding dealings with the Palestinians.

Among those weaknesses is a failure to respond correctly to the aggression of Islam. Whether that failure is a result of ignorance of the religion, or a wish to avoid conflict, I cannot say.

As an aside, it is part of the human condition to want to avoid conflict. Most take that to the extreme, never confronting evil. Much evil has flourished as a result.

It has always rankled me that half the time when I visit Jerusalem, I cannot visit the Temple Mount. As a Christian pilgrim, wishing to visit a place so central to my faith, I can’t be there…for one reason.

This year, Ramadan was the reason given when I asked a policeman inside the Dung Gate whether the Temple Mount was open. It wasn’t, because we must not offend the sensibilities of Muslims. This acquiescence only emboldens them, obviously.

Think of the irony: Israel fights and wins an existential war, surrounded by Muslim armies. Yet today, Jews and Christians can rarely visit the spiritual center of the universe, and cannot pray on the Temple Mount!

Israel does control East Jerusalem, but Palestinians have virtual free reign in the Old City. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, and commemorates the alleged first revelation of the Koran to Muhammad. The month-long period of fasting compels practitioners of this works-based religion to push their religious needs on others.

And not only on the Temple Mount, but virtually everywhere else Jews and Christians allow Muslims to impede others’ abilities to practice their faith.

Think of the rare person who has a single opportunity to visit the Holy Land, and wishes to step foot on the Temple Mount. You get to the guard shack that leads up the ramp to the Mount, and find that because Muslim sensibilities have been inflamed (due to Ramadan, or a leaf blowing, or Allah getting up on the wrong side of the bed), Jews and Christians are barred.

I predict that a showdown is coming between East and West over the aggression of Islam. One day, pacifists will not have the luxury anymore of being dhimmis in the face of Islam.

But that will be a human showdown. I look forward to the day the King of kings sets foot on the Temple Mount and ushers in an era of harmony.

Come quickly!