Who Gets to Visit the Temple Mount

We learn that

Some 200 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip traveled on Friday to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after having received permission from Israeli authorities.

And what do we learn from this?

First, Israel practices an extreme form of freedom of worship, permitting residents of an enemy entity to visit a site holy to them while denyint the same to Jewish citizens of its own state.

Second, this is probably the reason we have observed a growth in pro-Hamas demonstrations and rallies, with flag and banner waving:



Third, perhaps Jews should move back to Gaza in order to benefit from the right to free access and worship at the Temple Mount.

In the meantime, the Islamists are reporting 15,000 Jewish visitors who have “stormed”, “broken in”, “desecrated” and what not at the Temple Mount. Not bad a balance.


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.