Who’s Guilty? The Jews

A blogger here has termed entrance by Jews into the Temple Mount compound as an “Unacceptable provocation“.   To prove his position, he quotes a Shas Rabbi who, in any other religious constellation, he would be most uncomfortable with the man’s outlook as he is a pupil of Rabbis  Joseph B. Soloveitcihk, Norman Lamm, and Dr. Eliezer Berkovits and a resident of Chicago.

In a parallel posting, he cannot “understand why anyone would go into a house full of wild animals and rile them up — causing them to attack and kill.”  In democratic fashion, he “would call for legislation forbidding any Jew from going up to the Temple Mount with harsh penalties for doing so”.

His rational begins so

Har HaBayis is ours…But now is not the time to make those assertions.

Of course this begs the question: is there ever a good time for Jews to assert their right to be on the Temple Mount (but without any rights or an identity as Jews as we cannot pray, engage in archaeological excavations or even sit quietly in a corner on Tisha B’Av and read from Eicha‘s lamentations)

He then moves on to another aspect which is that Arabs:

are so upset by a Jew praying on the Temple Mount…They see people alighting in that area who have sworn to destroy their holy mosque and build their own holy house of prayer.  Of course they are going to be upset by that.

And, of course, the writer, who I have no doubt prays thrice daily for the rebuilding of the Temple is indirectly responsible for their upset feeling but I don’t think he would declare himself in any way responsible himself for that Arab anger.

Despite knowingly being offensive (his term), he finishes

For the time being we should be satisfied with what we do have. The Kotel — which is the closest non-controversial point to the Makom HaMkidash. This is the site that is almost universally approved for all Jews to visit and pray. If the Religious Zionist zealots would stop provoking them by going up there, I’m sure that there would not be any protests.

I wouldn’t be sure. Not at all.  And furthermore, if he thinks that Arabs would be satisfied with a non-presence of Jews, he’s wrong.  They next will be throwing stones down of the Jews praying at the Western Wall.

In December 1931, the Mufti convened a Pan-Islamic Congress in Jerusalem.  Agudat Yisrael wrote to him assuring him that, despite his propaganda, Jews had no designs on the Temple Mount.  He was not impressed.  Anyone reading the newspaper reports cannot but shiver at the words used then, as if they were said today.  The attitude of the Arabs will not change from what they were declaring then.

For example:


and this


and one more


This kind of thinking will not be impressed by the blogger’s construct nor his solutions.

But worse, he joins those who blame the Jews for something over which they have no control.  Even if no Jew enters and wishes to as in 1929, in 1931, the lies, the vitriol and the violence will not be contained or halted — or appeased.

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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