From Putin to Netanyahu

Do you remember Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Western Wall?

It was two years ago.

Putin was told how important the area is, the importance of the Kotel, the Temple that was destroyed and was rebuilt and Putin responded:

“this is exactly for what I came here, to pray that the Temple will be rebuilt. I wish that all your prayers be answered.”

From his mouth to God”s ear I noted at the time.

And now, at this time, what do we hear?

As reported, in his annual state-of-the-nation address this week, Putin justified his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimean Peninsula as a matter of great historical redemption.

All of this allows us to say that Crimea, the ancient Korsun or Chersonesus, and Sevastopol have invaluable civilisational and even sacral importance for Russia, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the followers of Islam and Judaism.

But how do we relate to the site?

Despite declarations, as his March 1995 letter supporting prayer at the holy site, as posted here:

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on maintaining its status quo, traveling to Jordan to announce it.

The Minister for Public Security permits his Police Commandant to denigrate the parliamentary immunity of Members of Knesset.

If one supports the status quo as the best policy, why is it only a one-way policy?  Why does it always favor the Muslims?  They can even play, yes, play, not pray, soccer in its precincts.  They can have men and women block paths wherein walk Jews, shouting at them.  They can build now mosques and try to rennovate the Golden Gate (although the police have been halting that work).

I think a non-discrimination policy should be applied, one that does not favor one religious group to a place that both religions honor and respect, as regards the open-air areas.

We do not want PM Netanyahu to be a Putin.

Yet we can expect him to be a Jewish leader of the Jewish state.  The neglect of the Temple Mount needs to be righted.

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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