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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jerusalem's Western Wall; Jewish or Muslim?

"To Jerusalem, thy city, shall we return with joy!" from Psalms, found in Old Testament

Muslims are trying to erase all things of our Jewish heritage and claim that we never existed in Jerusalem or the surrounding countryside. The latest attack is on our Western Wall located in the old city of Jerusalem.

King David would have loved to build the Temple but was not allowed to as he had blood on his hands, being a warrior king. His son, Solomon received this honor and built the magnificant temple of which we have the last remnant of wall remaining that has become the holiest site in Judaism. It is a place where all Jewish tourists come to and insert little papers with prayers in between the rocks. I did that upon visiting for the first time. I prayed for the return of good health for my son who was struck with an unknown disease and am happy to report that he is well now. "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning." is another prayer said of Jerusalem daily by observant Jews.

400 years later, in 586 BCE, the Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians. 70 years later a second temple was built by the Jews on the same site.

The first century BCE found King Herod, placed in this position by the Romans, enlarging and expanding the temple. Then in 70 CE, the Romans destroyed the temple and almost all of Jerusalem with the wall section still standing. It happens to be adjacent to the Temple Mount, home to al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Coming from the lovely people that we are trying to make peace with, Fatah's Al-Mutawakil Taha, deputy information minister in the Palestinian Authority, published a 5 page study on Wednesday disputing Jews' reverence of the shrine as a retaining wall of the compound of Biblical Jewish Temples destroyed so long ago. Netanyahu stated that "this denial of the connection between the Jewish peoople and the Western Wall is baseless and scandalous. " Needless to say, this report has angered Israel.

The Palestinian's verbal attack probably came as a retaliation to Israel's 5 year renovation plan for the Wall area. US-brokered peace talks are supposed to address the issue of Jerusalem which would include the Western Wall, but Abbas refuses to come to the table because Netanyahu refuses to extend another 3 month freeze on top of the 10 month freeze that had expired without any fruitful peace talks. We have an expression during Passover: Dayenu (enough already). I believe that's how Netanyahu was thinking.

Now the wheels are turning in the minds of Netanyahu and others. the Palestinian position paper on the Western Wall "raises a very serious question." Do they truly intend to reach a peace agreement with Israel based on co-existence and mutual recognition? Frankly, I have thought not for a long time, now. This episode is just the piece de-resistance.

"The Israeli government expects the leaders of the Palestinian Authority to renounce the document and condemn it, and to stop twisting historical facts," declared Netanyahu.

The Palestinians have not recognized Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem, where the Western Wall is located. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of "Palestine" which will take in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Including the Gaza Strip is the most earth-shaking goal that I can think of. It is run by Hamas terrorists and only desire the total destruction of Israel.
12/1/10 Today the proclamation was taken down. "In the report, Deputy Information Minister Al-Mutawakil Taha claimed the Western Wall was not connected to the biblical Jewish Temples — contradicting centuries of archaeological evidence and one of Judaism's most fundamental Prrinciples."

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