Islamizing the Temple Mount

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It’s the House of God. For centuries, Jews have remembered the destruction of the holy Temple in Jerusalem by crushing a glass at weddings or leaving unpainted a patch of wall in their homes. The Temple Mount is the magnificent edifice that has served the faithful as a symbol of God’s glory for 4,000 years. It’s Mount Moriah mentioned in the Book of Genesis. It’s the site where humanity received the gift of monotheism. It’s where God’s “shechina,” or presence, dwelt. Even the secular imagination, Jewish or not, has been shaped by the “Holy of Holies,” the most sacred site of the Jewish people. It’s there that King David raised a sanctuary for the Ark of the Covenant and King Solomon and Herod built the Temples. The Roman emperor Hadrian covered those ruins with a pagan temple to Jupiter; the Crusaders used it as a garbage dump to defile its Jewish significance and turned the area into a stable for their horses; the Arabs later built their own Islamic holy sites on top of those of their defeated enemy.

Many devout Jews today don’t set foot on the Temple Mount, afraid that they may be stepping on the ground covering the ruins of the Holy of Holies, allowed only to the High Priest on Yom Kippur. That is enough to keep them away. But there are those who believe they have a right to pray on the grounds where the Temple stood, particularly on Tisha be’Av, the anniversary of its destruction (Maimonides too prayed there). Though many respected rabbis forbid praying on the Mount, other very important Jewish leaders permit it. And there is a growing and brave movement, led by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel and Professor Hillel Weiss, which is trying to build awareness among the Israeli public on the Temple Mount. They are leading a historic battle for the rights of the Jews in their most holy site.

In theory, Israel currently controls the Temple Mount. In reality, since 1967, when the Israeli army seized the “holy basin” from Jordanian forces, the Jewish State gave up religious freedom for the Jews. Immediately after the liberation of Jerusalem, then Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan handed over the keys of the Temple Mount to the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust that serves as custodian of the site, which includes four Muslim minarets.

Historically it should be noted that only under Israeli rule was the site open for everyone, Muslims, Christians and Jews. The Islamic Waqf is now attempting to deliberately destroy all evidence of Jewish claims to this site, while using terror and intimidation to impose its exclusive claim to the sacred mountain. The Waqf has proceeded on two fronts: de-Judaize the Mount by archeological destruction and to Islamize it by preventing the Jews from praying there.

Freedom of worship for all religions, including free access to the holy places of all faiths, has always been a cardinal principle of Israel. And by and large, Israel has honored this principle, even under extremely difficult circumstances. It is ironic that Judaism’s holiest site should be the only place in Israel where this principle is violated.

Nothing justifies the infringement of religious rights to the Temple Mount. That infringement undermines respect for the rule of law in Israel by making a mockery of the law that guarantees freedom for all faiths. The Islamic Waqf has removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the site. At the entrance, an Arab sign says: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everything in it is Islamic property.” Today, Jews are barred from praying on the Mount and are not even allowed to carry any holy articles with them. With Muslim clerics supervising visits, Israeli police have frequently arrested Jews for various violations, such as singing or reciting a prayer even in a whisper.

A few days ago Israeli police issued new draconian instructions for non-Muslims who ascend to the Mount. Non-Muslims are now not even permitted to close their eyes while on the Mount or do anything that could be interpreted as praying. Jewish women have been arrested following claims by police and Waqf officials that they were praying on Temple Mount.

Why is it a crime for a Jew to mention God’s name on Temple Mount? And why is the State of Israel complicit in enforcing this anti-Semitic rule?

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  • Larry

    If the al aqsa mosque is so holy to muslims why didn't the Ottoman Empire build a rail line to it when they were building the Hejaz railway in the early 1900s? After all, a spur line across from Amman, which the Hejaz line runs through, would only be about 40 miles.

    Jerusalem is only important to muslims as a trophy, therefore when they have it they don't care, they just get upset when someone else does.

    Israel needs to bulldoze the al aqsa and rebuild the Temple.

    • H&R_ Barack

      Larry, The Bible clearly teaches that a new temple — which will be called The Third Temple — will be built in the future.

      The First Temple was the one that Solomon built and which was destroyed in 586 BC.

      The Second Temple (516 BC to 70 AD) was built after the Jews returned from Babylonian captivity. The platform on which it sat was greatly expanded and beautified by King Herod, as was the temple itself, but since the sacrifices were never stopped during this renovation and expansion, the new temple was still considered to be The Second Temple.

      The Third Temple shall be constructed. The next temple can only be built where the two previous temples stood because the Holy of Holies must be on the exact same spot. But no one knows for sure where the previous temples were located on the Temple Mount. Most scholars believe that they stood where the Dome of the Rock currently stands. That conclusion may be wrong, (from Lamb & Lion Ministries with Dr. Dave Regan)

      • Snorbak

        Remember, we are still living in the times of the Gentiles, however soon to be fulfilled I believe.

      • Bartimaeus

        Some years ago, a study was done (I believe by a man named Kaufman) that gave evidence that the temple and the holy of holies was in direct line with the East Gate. This would put the temple area to the side of the dome of the rock. It was thought that a new temple could be built without the removal of the dome of the rock mosque. The study was published in a Biblical Archaeology magazine.

      • Larry

        I'm an atheist, I don't care a flying fig what the Bible says. However, I do know what the koran says, and as far as I'm concerned every chance to shove the koran down the throat of its followers, preferrably soaked in pig fat and set alight, should be taken.

      • StephenD

        In this theme I see an attempt from a shrewd Imam like Rauf to foster the idea of a "Community Center for all faiths and peoples" as he presents the Ground Zero Mosque. This is in line with what was stated in the article:

        "Freedom of worship for all religions, including free access to the holy places of all faiths, has always been a cardinal principle of Israel."

        So we'll see a multi-cultural center built to serve as a third temple…along with being a church and a Mosque, in which the Anti-Christ will sit and proclaim himself G_d in what is called "The Abomination of Desolation" simply stated he will demand worship.

        Listen, if this is how it is to come then all I can say is…Maranatha!


          "I see an attempt from a shrewd Imam like Rauf to foster the idea of a "Community Center for all faiths and peoples" as he presents the Ground Zero Mosque."

          Build Raufs community center in the Muslims-Only city of Mecca.

      • Beth

        Jhn 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

        1Cr 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (If the Word of God resides within: 1Jo 2:27)

        1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as – LIVELY STONES -, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

        1Cr 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

        The Foundation of the Temple of God was already built… the resurrection of Christ.

        God does not dwell in temples built with mens' hands. I didn't write those Scriptures and they are on a level that even the 'uneducated' can understand. We either hear – or we don't.

        Rev 2:17 ….To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (That name has already been given).

        Those who have His Word abiding within – are that Temple.

        • Beth

          One more piece of evidence that what is being said in those Scriptures is true:

          Eze 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. (I haven't seen that happen yet…..have you Barack?)

        • Beth

          One more piece of evidence that what is being said in these Scriptures:

          Eze 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. (I haven't seen that happen yet…..have you Barack?)

    • Guest

      Political Islam (Sharia) is certain of what it wants, ie whatever is not already Islam's.
      This so-called religion is fundamentally a mafia type genocidal dogma whose self-entitled goal is worldwide control.
      IMHO, Israel should bulldoze the al aqsa mosque, then ask Iran and Egypt how they like that.

  • H&R_ Barack

    The Bible clearly teaches that a new temple — which will be called The Third Temple. It will be built in the future.

    Daniel refers to this temple when he says that "the prince who is to come" (the Antichrist) will enter it and stop the sacrifices in the middle of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27).

    The Apostle Paul mentions it when he declares that the "man of lawlessness" will profane the temple by entering it and declaring himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

    The Third Temple is also mentioned in the book of Revelation when John is told to measure it — a symbolic way of telling him to assess its spiritual condition (Revelation 11:1-2). –

    A perspective from Lamb & Lion :….

    • Raymond in DC

      An attempt to rebuild the Temple took place in the 3rd century under Julian the Apostate. The project ended after the site experienced a series of earthquakes – some reports claiming fire came out of the ground. They must have concluded the Almighty wasn't enthusiastic about the project.

  • Bamaguje

    Moshe Dayan should never have handed over keys of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Waqf.
    This is the same naive clueless guy that prevented 'Palestinians' – who did not want to live under Jewish rule – from leaving after Isarel conquered West bank & Gaza in the 1967 war… in the misguided expectation that Muslims would reciprocate and peacefully let the Jewish nation be.
    Instead Palestinians and their Muslim co-religionists worldwide still want to eliminate the Jewish state.

    The lesson in all these is that if you give Muslims an inch, they'll want a mile.
    If magnanimous Israel had not respectfully given the Muslim Waqf custody of the Temple Mount, Muslims wouldn't have had the opportunity to de-Judaize the holiest Jewish site, and deny Jews access.

    We must bear in mind that non-Musims are barred from entering both Mecca & Medina, never mind getting to the Kaaba, the holiest Muslim site.

    • oldtimer

      Exactly.. All it is to them is a trophy and another way of spitting in the face of the Jews..Just like the one they want to build in NY. It's their way of laughing at us.

      • Axe

        But we can see their smallness and sadness. We can look at them and feel sorry for them and their mess, even while they sneer. So, it's not like we're left without comfort or tools.

        I say this now. :) It will probably make me furious again tomorrow.

  • RonaldCarnine

    To deny Jews access to the Temple Mount gives a picture of what Islam is all about. Change the truth into a lie. Deny Israeli truth about the Mount. Destroy the valuable artifacts. (Much like the Taliban destroying the Buddha's that were thousands of years old). The repression of other religions and the truth of history is carried out as a "holy war" against anything that is non-Muslim. I still have a big question in my mind as to why the Israelis (and the rest of the world for that matter) allow the Muslim's to get away with that within the borders of Israel.

    • jacob

      And, may I ask for a good reason why responsible and proud Jews must abide by such nonsense from
      stupid and fearful "leaders"..??
      Those destruction excavations were carried out by the WAQF in plain sight of two different MP's and there
      was no official reaction to this action from any of them and I dare bet from the present one either….
      If Israel's leadership considers fair to ask a biased and Judeophobic world public opinion for the right
      to even breathe, why should THE PEOPLE abide by this braying or is it, ad nauseam, the stupid tacit
      believe it comes from GOD like royalty ????
      In the midst of the euphoria for having redeemed Jerusalem from Arab hands, DAYAN foolishly refused
      to take the keys to nthe Temple Mount the scared WAQF was offering him t anyway)BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN AN EXTRA-TERRITORIALITY CONCESSION SUCH AS A FOREIGN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE
      (which Arabs do not respect anyway) but this crap of allowing the WAQF to dictate to the ISRAELI PEOPLE,
      who, when and how enter the Temple Mount and a so called "government" to say AMEN to it, surpasses what the word ASININE means….and it is nobody's fault but the PEOPLE's themselves


        Why should the Temple Mount be exclusively for muslims?

        The Temple Mount should be SHARED as is the Tomb of the Patriarchs (who are Jewish too) in Hebron.

  • A Conservative

    I don't understand what Israel is up to. They don't allow the worship of the living God, the God who restored them back to the Promised Land from the death camps and miserable centuries of exile, on the Temple Mount, where god dwelled among His people. Instead, they allow the worship of a vile god who commands who is anti-Semitic, allows his followers to rape and plunder the infidels as well as commit paedophilia. If I were Benjamin Netanyahu I would annex the Temple Mount, send the waqf officials back to Mecca where they can practice whatever waqf they want to and make the Temple Mount a Jewish site once again.

  • Anthony

    Jesus prayed there. Jews built it, Moslems confiscated it. An impossible conundrum to solve without Armageddon.

    But on principle, it is a Holy Jewish monument with a direct historic connection to The God of Israel, not the god of Mohammad. Yet Jesus taught that to pray, one should go in private where no one except the Father can see you, not in public.

    So on one hand, we see that Jesus to Christians, and as a Jew, said we can and should prey privately, though He, himself, visited the temple. I would argue this problem requires one to reflect on the importance of Man’s Earthly works vs. spiritual matters. The Temple though it is not God, is a place unlike any other on Earth for the people who built it. It is an intric part of Jewish identity that is part and parcel intertwined with their history and culture. Therefore, the Moslem presence there is tantamount to a festering provocation that can fully resolve itself by one side or the other using force. This is because of the Moslem dishonesty in using both the Temple Mount and the “Palestians” as props to secure an eventual total victory of Islam in the region.

    What a satanic mess.

    • Axe


      I've thought this. It sits there and waits. One person burns a Muslim holy book, and there are riots on the other side of the world. The riot is obviously already there; all it lacks is an excuse. Any excuse. Even a tiny little excuse. :) So what happens when Israel feels like being whole, and when Israel decides the foolishness of allowing this to continue should finally stop? What happens when Israel waxes a little in its self-identity, and a movement to build a new temple gains inertia — which could happen quickly should it happen at all. That would be the grand-father of all excuses.

      So, be a grown-up and endure? Or, be a grown-up and clean up the mess? Or, wait. Or, stop delaying something that does not get better tomorrow — something that hasn't gotten better tomorrow for 1500 years because it was never really about real estate.

      This summary:

      "That’s why there is the urgent need of an international campaign aimed to protect Jerusalem’s most holy site. This is the most important battle to any cultured person, regardless of his political and religious identity. It’s the biggest crime against truth."

      … might have more weight than normal.

      "Option B: Use International Cover and Make Immediate Changes."

    • jacob


  • Snorbak

    Jerusalem really is a cup of trembling. However, I am not concerned as I know what the end result will be as taught in the Bible.

  • loseyateefa

    To complete the apostasy and the mirror image of the Jews missing their Messiah Jesus Christ on His first revealing, the nation of Israel will embrace a false messiah aka Anti-christ and cause their Days of Jacobs Trouble during the final 7 years of this age. only about 1/3 will survive God's wrath and that's after the Antichrist has killed no telling how many Jews and Christians before Armageddon ends it all. Isn't it amazing how accurate the Bible's prophecies come true in the headlines every day but few believe and are willing to enter through the narrow door?

    • jacob

      Watching what is going on in this rotten world because we allowed it to happen, I can accept ARMAGEDDON
      happening tomorrow….
      Perhaps the MAN UPSTAIRS will come up with better specimens to populate the world…

    • jacob

      With all due respect, I don't believe JESUS to have been the MESSIAH the prophecy speaks of….
      Contrary to the belief of many of our sages, it is my belief JESUS was a good and knowledgeable
      Jew willing to restore the original purity of the religion, contaminated as it was by people themselves
      and created interests which are always present even at the highest hierarchies and upon fighting it,
      he stepped on many and powerful toes who accused him of subversion and if there was anything
      ROMANS hated were boat-rockers…..
      That bloodthirsty of PONTIUS PILATUS (later on removed by the Empire for his cruelty) probably
      washed something else but not his hands as tradition maintains but ordered his execution in the way
      learned from Asians…..
      And coming to think logically :
      What meant to the Roman Empire the life of a single lousy Jew and on top of it a trouble-maker to
      the people who allowed themselves the luxury of crucifying 70,000 slaves after vanquishing SPARTACUS rebellion .???????

      • loseyateefa

        Jesus was either a : LIAR (He claimed to to God's only son and equal with the Father God)
        or a LUNATIC (thought he was the promised messiah and used some sort of magic to do all those miracles and resurrection) or LORD (He was exactly who and what He claimed to be from Gen 3:15 to the last verse of Revelation all explain Gods redemptive plan through Jesus Christ. )
        You get to choose which you say He is and will live forever with the consequences. I would study well on this topic before chosing.

    • stern

      Believe whatever the heck you want, but how dare you slander my people! Jews have survived your attempts to annihilate us and we will survive Islam's attempts to annihilate us. We do not believe in your Jesus or their Mohammed, but only in the one, indivisible G-d, who has been true to us and to His word throughout our history.

      So kindly keep your preaching to your own kind and leave us the heck alone. You've done enough damage with your hatred, and we do not need your "love" doing more.


        Jew worship the SAME Father/King/Hashem that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshiped.

        And Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all lived BEFORE Jesus came on the scene.

      • cjk

        Every knee will bow to Jesus, the Holy One of Israel, even yours .

  • marios

    Jerusalem is eternal capital of Jewish country and only belong to them. All what is inside logically should be Jewish. M. Dayan made a huge mistake giving Temple Mount under control Muslims and it should be fixed.
    Islam is supremacists ideology to conquer the world. Their 13 century tactic to destroy sacred for other religion site and built instead mosque as a symbol that it is already belong them forever or if it is not possible to built overwhelmingly bigger mosque next to non-Muslims sacred place.
    Stand with Israel. BHO is one term Pres! It is important.

  • Rev. Roy

    Jerusalem is mentioned about 700 times in the Christian bible and zero (that's zero, folks, nada, none, never, not once) in the koran, yet the moslems declare Jerusalem to be theirs.
    Lets think about this. Allah nor mohahmed put any value at all, not even a mention, in their "holy" book, the koran, about Jerusalem, yet their faithful followers, the Muslims, put themselves ABOVE their own so-called god in claiming it to be theirs. Hmmmmmmmmmm…must be an awful small god to allow his followers to tell him what to do..or maybe they thought that he just forgot.
    The Real Owner of the land of Israel and the city off Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, Jeshua Hamashiach, is returning to claim His possession very soon. Don't you hear the hoofbeats ??…Maranatha Lord, come………………..Rev. Roy…..<><

    • stern

      See my reply to loseyawhatever. Jerusalem does not belong "Jeshua" or whatever the heck you want to call him. It belongs to Israel and the Jews by right of history, divinity and the law of conquest in a defensive war.

  • Schlomotion

    This article really brought all the Jewish and Christian extremists out of the woodwork.

    • Zionista

      and a Jew hating nobody like you

    • Rev. Roy

      hey, schlo….why don't you address the truth of my statement instead of making bland, unfounded, unsubstantiated blather..and what is extreme about factual evidence??

      Rev. Roy…<><

      • Schlomotion

        Because, you have reduced Jerusalem to a real estate issue. If there was a Jesus and he did come back, he would bullwhip you out of the Temple and into the street.


          Jesus would bullwhip the FAKE "Christians" out of the Temple and onto the streets.

        • Anthony

          Schlomotion. Are you a student? What city are you in? You sound so mad at Jews all the time, what caused your madness? Are you Moslem?

          I wonder why you bother to post meaningless insults here all the time. Why do you bother, especially since your arguments are oftentimes so far off base, so lose and fast with truth, that they may as well come from outer space.

          I will pray for you, that you write smarter comments or go play with the Liberals over at the Daily Kos.

          • stern

            Great questions, Anthony. Shlockmeister is an unrepentant Jew-hater whose sole purpose in coming to this site to spout garbage in hopes of getting a response from us. Unfortunately, we do tend to respond to his nonsense. I really think we should all ignore him, as the most fitting response.

          • Anthony

            Maybe you're right Stern.

            I just wonder what makes a person like the Shlockmeister tick.

            He can't be THAT lost in space, can he? Maybe he is a she, maybe both. Who knows.

          • Schlomotion

            No, I am not a student. I am in Boston. I am not mad at Jews. There are things that I am mad at, but it is not Jews per se. As you can see, Stern thinks he can answer for me. That doesn't make me mad, but it does make him a presumptuous person. I suppose one of the things I am mad at is pathetic boycotts. Mad is an overstatement though. It's more like the feeling you get when you see someone post a melamine coffeetable on Craigslist. It should have been thrown in a dumpster a long time ago. I feel that way about the ethnic nationalism of the Middle East, about boycotts, and about the pro-war movement. I think they should have been thrown in the dumpster a long time ago. I am not mad about it so much as wondering why people are recycling these outdated and cheap forms of intellectual furniture.

          • Anthony


            You mention boycotts several times, I only hear about boycotts against Israel or products from Israel. What do you mean?

            I’m in NYC, I think of Universities when I think of Boston. Are you involved in academics? What is this ” cheap form of intellectual furniture” you speak of?

            Finally, why do you seem to be anti-Semitic sounding, yet you said that you are not in fact mad at Jews?

            I ask these questions because you actually answer, and seem to honestly try your best to reply.

          • Schlomotion

            It makes sense to me to answer these questions in reverse order.

            I am not mad at Jews because I am not mad at people. I find it nearly impossible to get mad at people. Only people I love can make me mad, and as for the rest of humanity, I am indifferent to them. Frequently they appear as malfunctioning objects, or as a stage in evolution, or some kind of beta product. I see that they can't drive well, or track a curve, or make a decision in a doorway, or hold a contradiction in their head. Most of them think they have authority, but few of them author anything. I try to read anything that is authored. When they collect into groups, they seem to think they have more authority, but generally resort to dumping pain into one another's receptors and concocting fancy syllogisms and paperworks to justify taking resources from one another.

            I try as best I can to generate my own resources. Frequently that does not mean money, because money seems to me to be one of these paper and verbal tokens of swindle between committees of these semi-interesting but limited test-primates. I am sincere about this degree of my condescension. I know it is condescending. I am stepping down to say this.

            I like children, athletes, inventors, musicians, artists, even inventors of religions, cultists, extremists, mathematicians. I have very little use for political leaders, nationalisms, priests, and people who do not make anything. I collect tools and banned books. I like freedom. I despise tyrants and collectivists, wardens, protectors, moralists, and bullies. I say despise and that seems like "hate" or "mad" but my usual first choice is to laugh at them, tease them, play with them. I am not angry when I do it. It is like a cat playing with a dead chipmunk. I feel I will eat it eventually.

            I admit I am agitated, bored to disgust, sickened by the old fashioned war of tribes, religions, bloodlines, etc. Still not mad per se. I am sickened that that all has a death toll on children. It is most unfortunate. When I read here what appears to be apologia for censorship, annexation, genocide, apartheid, killing, and also the attack on creators and on writers, artists, and peaceful souls, I want to fight. Again, fight cheerfully. I can fight physically and cheerfully at the same time. I can fight intellectually and not ever move to anger. Someone like Touchstone for example, I can talk to him, and literally never feel a flush of anger, even though he vehemently disagrees with me.

            I am not involved in academics in any tenured way. I am peripatetic.

          • Anthony


            Thank you for opening up. Assuming you are sincere, you sound like a rather troubled person.

            Are you young, maybe under 30 years of age? Anyway, my first impression of your commentary of yourself is that you are a misanthrope, I understand the urge to go there myself sometimes, seeing the course of events as they unfold in the world today sometimes makes me wish God will come quickly to dispense justice on all mankind, we deserve to answer for our sins, all of us.

            But I was also reminded of the J.D, Salinger book "Catcher in the Rye" by your apparent (assuming you are sincere) disgust with what you seem to perceive as a world of injustice and contradictions.

            About being a peripatetic, I wonder if you mean it in the philosophical sense or merely as a person with an itinerant lifestyle. I think the later, but as a former student of philosophy, I found this description you used unusual.

            I don't like that you seem not to understand the serious existential threat Israel and the Jewish people are facing, and that you appear not to see that they are a nation under siege by forces seeking elimination and ONLY elimination of the Jewish state entirely.

            Not just that, but you say you don't dislike anyone, yet your sarcasm says otherwise when you comment on Jewish issues. I know you may feel Jews are the source of the world's problems, but this is not true. If you look, you will see many Jews feel and act in a way that shows them to be mostly a good people, like.

            The fact liberalism seems epidemic within the Jewish community is sadly true, but not all Jews default to the Liberal, Leftist side of things. We can of course discuss this hard to deny cultural trait at length, but imagine all the work. But like it says in the Bible "From their fruits ye shall know them", with that in mind compare the descendants of Ishmael to those of Isaac, and you will see two extreme opposites that are as far apart as good is from evil.

            Anyway, try to open up a little and understand that your real enemy is Liberalism and Liberals. From their deceitful lies comes the hard, solid reality of the destruction of Western Civilization which is supported by our Judeo-Christian heritage. Of course, Islam and Moslems are the Army of Jones the Liberals are using to destroy all that we all cherish.

            Don't be fooled by Leftist ideology seeking to use you as an agent of destruction by turning you against your own civilizational heritage, and try to examine your beliefs to see if maybe you are wrong about most of what you now hold true.

          • Schlomotion

            I am 39. I would not call myself a misanthrope. I have not serially placed my faith in other human beings only to have my optimism dashed, and subsequently hate all mankind. That is not my profile. My profile is that I extend a libertarian mutualism to my fellow men and women and find that generally they can only come so far to meet it. I bridge to other people as far as I can, and at some absurd maximum of their failings I stop extending. In my view, there is no God, and if I want unconditional love and forgiveness to prevail, then I myself must extend it to a fault. Generally, I can give a person about two weeks to fulfill any promise before I consider it idle and do the task myself. However, I do tend to accumulate people and periodically have to drop them off somewhere. I treasure only a small handful of individuals, and ultimately would give all for only the very closest. I do not worry about sins. I worry about failing strength. Ultimately it will happen, as all things are erased.

            I do not identify with Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. His character is problematic as are the people who identify with him. There is a reason why assassins carry that book in their back pockets. Each assassin who identifies with Holden Caulfield thinks his victim was a fake and fraud. Holden Caulfield wants to die for a cause, not knowing that living for a cause is more fulfilling and more work. In short, he is lazy, hypocritical, and destructive. My profile is more like Lord Byron, Will Hunting, or Martin Blank. I do not function on a spectrum of good and evil. I am choosy about who I lend assistance to, because I cannot serve people who will not steward the development of humanity, I consider matters of rank and privilege a parlor game.

            I meant peripatetic in the philosophical sense, not in the itinerant sense. I spent one year debating religion and the next year converting Aristotelian logic into multi-modal S5n logic, into programing language for robots. I spent the next year making a comparative alphabet chart for hieroglyphic, proto-sinaitic, nabatean, phoenician, arabic, and hebrew alphabets. I spent the next year publishing a magazine. I spent the next year producing music albums. This year I am working to fight against the War on Terror. Anything that you want to tell me about liberalism or religion, I have probably considered already. I have read most of David Horowitz books, and also one of Ronald Radosh. I am not a leftist. I read the Communist Manifesto 24 years ago. It's wrong. This axe you have against liberalism, however, I am curious about. Do you actually reject the Age of Enlightenment?

          • Anthony


            I knew you would challenge my general comments on Liberalism by bringing up the Age of Enlightenment. If by that you are comparing modern liberals to Voltaire for example, I think you are m

          • Anthony

            The Age of Enlightenment too Voltaire for example, or other men typical of that period, this is a mistake. Modern liberals are not guided in any way by reason. They appear in their anti-intellectualism related to Marxists.

            Don’t confuse classic Liberals with modern Marxists calling themselves Liberals.

          • Schlomotion

            This site is run by Modern Marxists. Modern Marxists call themselves conservatives and attack less savvy "leftists" while being Third Camp oil plutocrats and Zionists themselves. All the conservative camouflage in the world can't hide it.


            "progressives" are neo-commies.

            Every see a "progressive" denounce Tzar Putin or islamofascism?

          • Schlomotion

            Yes, in fact I have.

    • stern

      And once again, the troll proves that it has nothing to say with a post that says nothing.

    • Ghostwriter

      And still FPM's village idiot,Schlomotion continues to spout his inane garbage for no other reason than to make people mad.

  • PDK

    I once heard an old story that the Jews would rebuild the Temple when a completely red haired goat came into being in the land of Isreal. Anyone know of this story? How does that prophecy go? Just curious. Thanks.

    • stern

      Not a goat, a heifer – i.e. female cow. The ashes of a completely red-haired heifer are needed for a purification ritual central to the Temple service.

      • Bamaguje

        A red-haired goat or heifer could be genetically enginneered.

        • Amused

          Red Heffers have been brought to Israel decades ago .They are being bred there as we speak ,however a high rabbi must inspect and determine which one is the perfect red heffer .

  • hammar

    Once and for all I would demolish all mosques and run the damn muhamms out of the country…and back to the goat fields.

    • Schlomotion

      What's holding you back?

    • Anthony

      Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain did it.

      God bless them for having the strength to remove the heathens, but all they did is being undone by evil people, Marxists and Liberal maniacs, who seem not to know their ass from their elbow as they sell out the Western World.

  • Anthony

    I want to say that I consider Jews and Christians cousins and respect them because of Jesus Christ.

    But I think it wrong to say that because Jews practice the faith that Christ himself knew and followed, that “Jews did not accept Christ”. Understand that the first followers of Jesus were first ALL Jews, in their tens of thousands, then Gentiles, Romans, Samaritans, Greeks and so on.

    The many early Jews who followed Jesus became saints and martyrs and ambassadors of Him. So one can say that by virtue of the total numbers of Jews that existed in Christ’s time, it can be inferred, though not known with precision, that a substantial number of Jewish men and women exams known as “Christians”. So the fact that approximately 6 million self identifying Jewish people exist today does not mean that The Jewish faith down through the ages totally rejected Christ.

    Dispute that, Christ himself told us in the Holy Bible that when you enter a home you say “Peace be upon this house”, and similiarly when you enter a town, preach the Gospel, he Good News, and if that place does not accept it, go from there and wipe the sand from your sandles when you leave.

    Jesus by saying this taught that one comes to him of own their own will. Yet, we cannot say Jews are in danger of God’s punishment for being true to the faith God himself revealed through Abraham, and Moses. because God himself has a fondness for the Jewish people for reasons known only to Him. These stubborn

    folks showed on many occasions their hardheaded obstinance, yet God keeps his convent with them. Think of the reconstitution of the Jewish State after its utter destruction in ‘ 48, think of the defense of Israel against 5 Arab armies, think of these miricles as a sign that Christians and Jews are brothers, and that in the end God will know those who loved and obeyed his commandments. As a Catholic, I believe Jesus is God, is the Holy Spirit, and I respect his people.

    • stern

      Anthony, thank you. As you can see from my comments above, I do not appreciate being told that my faith has been replaced, or that those of us who cling to it are wrong. So I truly appreciate your post.

      • Anthony

        Thank you too Stern.

        I do apologize for the typos, I use a smartphone while commuting that auto adds words i dont want and has a small display. On top of that, writing in Frontpage’s comment box makes the text very hard to see and edit.

        But I hope others understand that I wanted to emphasise the special bond God has with the Jewish people, and he will keep, as he has, his covenant with Israel. I do not wish to dare contradict God, but even from a standpoint of just fairness, Israel is treated horribly, and unfairly.

  • marios

    Islam is supremasists and racists political ideology . As per Islam all humanity divided by believers/Muslims and infidels/non-Muslims. Out of Koran: 1. " War is ordained by Allah, and all Muslims must be willing to fight, whether they like it or not. 2:216 2. " Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. (But if they desist in their unbelief, then don't kill them.) 2:191-2" . 3." Fight them until "religion is for Allah." 2:193 "
    So Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc are in the same boat. We all should united and our leaders should organize resistence untill it is too late. First of all Muslims immigration to our country and to all Western countries must be banned. Muslims immigration is stealth Jihad.

  • Raymond in DC

    It's a long established principle of law that if one doesn't assert and defend one's claims to property, eventually said claims are deemed invalid as one has effectively ceded them. How much worse is it when those tasked with defending those claims actively refuse to defend them.

    After Israel reconquered Jerusalem in 1967 (the city has been majority Jewish since at least the mid-1800s), some soldiers raised the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount, as if to proclaim, "We have returned to reclaim what is ours." Dayan ordered the flag pulled down. It's not flown there since. That Israeli police enforce the Waqf's claim that "this is Islamic property" is a disgrace. So too their refusal to intervene as truckload after truckload of excavated material was removed from the site and dumped. Their attitude seems to be "Don't cause trouble." This is how the Mount is being lost.

  • RoguePatriot6

    Some people cannot be reasoned with. The next POTUS should not even attempt to negotiate with these goons because it's obvious they take it as a sign of weakness. We also pull our ONLY ally in the Mid East out from under the bus. The PM of Israel should firmly stick to his policy also. The only thing Islamists understand is brute force. The age old mentality of "NEVER AGAIN!!!"

  • Stuart Parsons

    One is forced to conclude from this article and all the comments that someone has at last been able to provide clear verifiable that that a God does actually exist. Please provide the evidence and then we can all peacefully settle down to worshipping Him, Her or It. Assuming of course this newly revealed omniscient deity considers our worshipping to be necessary. Might i ask is He, She, or It the one with a son born of a virigin, or should we all be reading the Quran and following the example of the Holy Prophet who lied plotted, tortured, killed, robbed, ransomed and raped his way to power. ?……… If it is neither, perhaps we could build a Mcdonald's on Temple Mount and get on with trying to live in peace and harmony with each other.

    • stern

      Gee, what a useful suggestion. And of course, that McDonalds would specialize in anything with bacon on it, just to make sure it pisses off everyone.

      Stuart Parsons, I'm going to assume that you're not as disrespectful as your post, and that this was just a temporary lapse.

  • Linda Rivera

    Muslims are doing what they have ALWAYS done: DESTROYING the highly cherished holy sites of other religions. The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth. My disgust and anger is with anti-God Israeli leaders who have ALLOWED this HUGE sin against God and great crime against ALL who worship the Holy One, our Wonderful Glorious, Awesome Creator.

    It was God who won Israel's every war and this is the wicked response of Israel's leaders. It is terrible and evil. A crime and sin so great it screams out to God in heaven.

    Re-take the Temple Mount now and stop this horrible offense to our Wonderful God!

    • Amused

      There are Two Gospels Linda , one for the Jews and One for the Gentiles . All a gentile need do is recognize Jesus as their Redeemer , while the Jews must first recognize[ Jesus ] as their King and then acknowledge Him as their Redeemer .


        The fact that Jews haven't accepted Jesus as their Redeemer for 2,000 years, despite the crusades, expulsions, inquisitions, pogroms, genocides demonstrates that Jews live on a different level than non-Jews.

        Jews worship the same indivisible, non-corporeal G-d that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshiped, and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all lived before Jesus.

        • Amused

          You are absolutrely right , and yes a Jew lives on a different level , and there is a different requirement for Jews as opposed to the [gentiles ] christians . The term "Judeo-Christian " refers only to the common similarities , not to any " sameness " of the two .

  • Amused

    I've been to the Temple Mount several times , the Waqf watch every move .They take notice of tourists carrying Bibles , and they oversee muslims harrassing any group of Jews numbering ten or more .Most Jews however stay off the Temple Mount for fear of treading on the Kodesh Kodeshim [Holy of Holies ] that spot in the Temple where the High Preist would enter once a year on Yom Kippur to atone the sins of Israel ,that part of the temple where G_D resides . Since the exact spot is disputed , Jews would rather not take that risk . Praying at the Kotel suffices .

  • Amused

    Btw , the ashes of the Red Heffer should one be chosen, are to be mixed with the live water from the Pool of Siloam , which is still there .

  • Amused

    P.S. – A Temple need not be built, for the sacrifices to resume , only the alter , once purified by the ashes . Some extra notes , those Jews tending the red heffers , their feet must never tread on the ground lest they become impure by walking over the graves of the dead They walk on wooden planks ..They live a life of isolation until that day comes .

  • Edward Stern

    A Thought Experiment with the Second Temple

    In March 2010, a new Hurva Synagogue was dedicated in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, on the site where its predecessor was blown up by the Jordanian Army in 1948. Some Arab leaders alarmed Moslems by declaring this was a sign that the Jews would destroy Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount to build the Third Jewish Temple.

    These alarms prompted me to a thought experiment. What if the Romans had not destroyed the Second Temple in 70 C.E.? They destroyed the city because of the Jewish uprising, but they could have used the Temple to worship one of their gods. This was done before in 167 B.C.E., when Antiochus IV used the Temple to honor Zeus and himself as a god—thus prompting the Maccabean revolt. (The Romans did build a temple to Jupiter on the spot in 132.)

    In that case, the Second Temple would have been a Roman temple when the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. Then it would have been cleansed again of idols and rededicated as a Christian Church or shrine. Surely, this unique and historic Temple would have been maintained until Jerusalem was taken by the Moslem armies of Caliph Omar in 638 C.E.

    Under the Moslem occupation of Jerusalem the “Second Temple Church” would have been stripped of Christian statues and icons, and then dedicated as the Temple Mosque, or possibly as the Al-Aqsa (“the farthest”) Mosque, to represent the site Mohammed visited one night in a vision (the Night Journey). Moslem possession of the ancient Temple of God might have made it an important pilgrimage site, second only to the Kaaba in Mecca. At the time, the “Temple Mosque” would have been almost 1200 years old.

    About 460 years later, in 1099, the Crusaders arrived at Jerusalem, killed the Moslem and Jewish occupants, and recaptured the city and the Temple—then controlled by the Fatimid Egyptian Caliphate. The city and the Temple would have changed hands several times in the wars between various Christian and Moslem powers, before Jerusalem was taken by the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1517. (For comparison, in the 6th century C.E. the Parthenon was converted to a Christain church honoring the Virgin Mary. After the Ottoman conquest, it became a mosque.)

    Under the Ottoman rule, the Temple would have remained a mosque, at least until the United Nations divided the British Mandate of Palestine into Israel and Jordan in 1948. During the War of Independence, the Jews would have fought intensely to rescue the Holy Temple back from the Moslems. And the Moslems would have fought intensely to keep the Mosque they had made out of the Second Temple.

    Here I stay with the scenario closest to history. The Jordanian army seizes the Old City of Jerusalem, blows up the Hurva Synagogue, keeps the Temple Mosque, and keeps the Jews out. I should note that Orthodox Jews would not consider going into the inner chambers of the Holy Temple, but they might have visited the outer court yards, if they had the chance.

    Then in 1967, in the Six Day War, Israel takes the Old City and the Temple, which is then close to 2500 years old. At the urging of the Orthodox and even secular Jews, the Israeli Government closes the “Temple Mosque”. This produces a great out-cry from the Moslems world which had controlled the Temple for almost half of its existence. But, since it is THE Jewish Temple, many nations, possibly even the British, understand.

    But what happens then?

    Well, for the last 2000 years, Jewish scholars had continued to study the laws on how to carry out the ritual functions of the Temple. Also, for that entire time, Jews kept track of the lineage of the priests, the kohanim (who today have names like Cohen, Cohn, or Kahn), and who can now be identified by DNA. With some difficulty, the rabbinic authorities or the Government of Israel would choose a High Priest (just as the Roman governor chose the High Priest at the time of Jesus.)

    So, at last, Israeli Jews would regain control of the Holy Temple. They would know how to carry out 2000 year old sacrificial rituals, and they would have priests to do it. But would they?

    Jewish fundamentalists would want to reestablish the Temple rituals. Many Orthodox and other Jews would oppose it. They would point to teachings in the Bible (Psalm 51:16-19) and Midrash (VaYikra Rabbah 22) that God has no need for animal sacrifices. And they would point to Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed (Part III, Chapter 32) which explains that the sacrificial rituals were not for God, but for man—to wean him away from idol worship, while allowing him to keep old forms of worship.

    After almost 1300 years of Moslems slaughtering sheep and goats for festivals at the Temple Mosque, the ultra-orthodox would want their turn. But I think there would be more opposition to reestablishing the Temple practices than support for it. Finally, the Temple would be cleansed again—this time from ancient rituals out of place in modern society.

    This brings us to today and the end of this experiment. I did this without foreseeing or intending a particular outcome. The outcome leads me to ask: If, upon recovering the real 2500 year-old Temple, the Jews would not use it for rituals (even though they could), why would they rebuild the Second Temple?

    [The writer has led Adult Jewish Studies for 17 years at a Jewish Congregation, in Maryland.]

  • Amused

    The sacrificial lambs and goats were to show Jews the consequences of their sins . Look up the origins of the term " scapegoat ". Jews come in many stripes ranging from barely practicing to ultra ortodox . As I stated earlier , there s no need to build a Temple to resume animal scarifices , only a purified altar . Since the Temple's destruction , how then the Atonement for the sins of Israel ?There can be only ONE temple all other places are synogogues. Yet for 2000 yrs, Jews have observed Yom Kippur .

  • Amused

    Talmud and Mishna specify that the Temple is necessarry for resuming animal scarifice , which was for personal and national atonement of sins . Centralized sacrifice in Jerusalem replaced animal scarifice taking pace outside of Jerusalem , and the Samaritans certainly did not consider Jerusalem the only place where these should take place .Prayer and personal repentance has replaced animal sacrifice amongst most jews , however the groups like the Temple Mount Society believe that prayers will suffice until such a time when the Temple is rebuilt .

  • mujaahid

    There is one thing that Jews and Christians will always have in common and that is to believe that the almighty ever powerfull God of which there is none like can raise up a bunch of animal like beings (arabs) and make them his own. Most of the current arabs ie muslims today follow the pagan god allah and not Allah himself. Go and look @ the time before islam, then you will see. Yes many Christians and Jews believed that this is there Holy sight, just as the muslims believe Mecca is theirs. To the present day Jews, Christians, Muslims none of these are yours, you in for one hell of a shock.

  • Edoardo Recanati

    Giulio Meotti! ti ricordi di me? Edoardo Recanati di Tekoa (Judea). A proposito del Monte del Tempio, vai a leggerti anche in italiano. Partendo da questo, ho uno spin politico senza precedenti. Chiamami:
    Edoardo Recanati oppure +972505422 193

  • dfro

    To paint the Jewish people there as being fair under harsh circumstances whole they are in the middle of a palistinian ethnic cleansing is crazy. Appareently they learned nothing from the holocaust. Palestine has been Ii existence for over 2500 years. That’s proven by real historical documents its even in the old testament.

  • More Learned than You

    Having a PHD in Near Eastern History, it is hilarious how wrong you are about simply everything. Have you even been to Jerusalem before? Have you been to Palestine? Why do Muslims not allow Israelis digging around on the Haram Al-Sharif? Simply put, for 2 reasons: A) The Israeli authority doesn’t and will never reciprocate with sites at the base of the site and B) There have been multiple thwarted attempts by Israelis to blow up the Dome of the Rock and the Haram Al-Sharif. So before you go and blame everything on Islamizing, remember that it is a two way street. Remember that Muslims have been there for almost 1400 years. If you wish to speak of a cultural Holocaust, go to Gaza. When Nelson Mandela calls it an apartheid state, I’d listen to him.

  • Stairway To Heaven

    Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24:34 that “this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” is tied back to his similar warning to the Scribes and the Pharisees that their judgment would “come upon this generation” (Matthew 23:36),
    that is, during the first century rather than at a future time long
    after the Scribes and Pharisees had passed from the scene. The
    destruction in 70 AD occurred within a 40-year generation from the time
    when Jesus gave that discourse.

    The judgment on the Jewish nation was executed by the Roman legions,
    “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet” (Matthew 24:15),
    which Luke presented to his Gentile audience, unfamiliar with Daniel,
    as “armies” surrounding Jerusalem to cause its “desolation.” (Luke

    Since Matthew 24 begins with Jesus visiting the Jerusalem
    Temple and pronouncing that “there shall not be left here one stone
    upon another, that shall not be thrown down” (vs. 3), preterists see
    nothing in Scripture to indicate that another Jewish temple will ever be
    built. The prophecies were all fulfilled on the then-existing temple
    that Jesus spoke about and that was subsequently destroyed within that

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  • Wheezy

    Excellent article! Thank you for it. I would llike to add one more comment… and I would disclaim the fact that I do not have a PhD nor any special knowledge of the area, but I am a “born-again” Christian and I care deeply for all things in relation to God’s Word, Yeshua’s people (the Jews) and God’s Holy Temple Mount. Being as Jerusalem is the Holy City of God, the Temple Mount is not merely a Holy Site, but it has also been wholly “consecrated unto God.” I doubt that that consecration has been revoked, despite the destruction. It is God’s place… in consecration and dedication. That being the case, I would put forth a very strong observation I’ve taken notice of…. no one else seems to have wrestled with this possibility, which I find very odd. I’ll put it to you as a question: Considering her past glory, what would be to most abhorrent atrocity to “stand” in that “consecrated” Holy Site of Jehovah God? I’ll tell you. It’s already standing there. The Islamic Mosque stands in the most Holy Place: The Mosque is the Abomination that stands in the Desolated place where God’s Holy Temple once stood. A desolated place that is still consecrated to Jehovah God to this day. The Abomination of Desolation is the Islamic Temple. It doesn’t belong there on that Holy Jewish ground. Someone would do well to destroy it. The Lord God has in the past warned Israel not to give away what land He blessed them with, because the land is still God’s land by the very act of Creation. What God gives is never to be treated with indifference nor commonness. Unfortunately, with a great deal of coersion from interfering nations, they have given land away, so they are as guilty as Israel. However, Temple Mount was taken from them. It doesn’t belong to the Islamic nation.

  • Guest

    Martin Wasserman, I love your words.

  • Andy

    the third temple that they are building is for the Antichrist.. most Palestinians are part of the lost tribes of Israel.. The state of Israel Israel persecutes both Christian and Muslims of Palestine.. this is article is filled with lies.. Jews, christians and muslims lived in peace in the holy land for a long time before the state of Israel was created.. Many Palestinains were once Jews.. Palestinian christians are the first Christians who seen our lord and savior die and rise again.. they even have Ancient family names that are Aramaic.. and churches that are 2,000 years old that not to many people have seen.. they are part of the lost tribes of Israel.. they just converted when Islam came.. but many still remember there Jewish ancestors…they were arabised when Islam took this video…