by Hillel Fendel
The Temple Mount is not quite all it's been hyped up to be. It certainly is not an all-out ban on Jewish prayer on the holiest site to the Jewish People - because for hundreds of years, up until possibly 300 years ago, it was frequently used for just that purpose. Jews visited the Mount often and prayed there regularly...
In any event, latest research regarding the construction of the Dome of the Rock - the magnificent structure that stands atop the site of the Holy of Holies - shows that it was originally built not for Muslims at all. Rather, it was built for the Jewish People!
We herewith present the sources for this novel concept. The late Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a Temple Mount expert and Chief Rabbi of the IDF and later of Israel, wrote in his classic work "The Temple Mount" (Ha'Idra Rabba Publications, Jerusalem, 2005, 2nd ed., p. 327) as follows:
"The Al-Aksa Mosque [at the southern end of the Mount, opposite the Dome of the Rock - HF] was built as a Muslim house of prayer outside the boundaries of the original TempleMount , and therefore it points southward towards Mecca . And at the request of the Jews, Omar built the Dome of the Rock sanctuary to serve as a house of prayer for the Jews. This was after the Jews showed him the site where the Holy Temple had stood - and it does not point to Mecca ."
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
On the same day when 61 people were killed and 60 injured by a suicide bomber during a volleyball game in Afghanistan , the deadline occurred on the Iranian nuclear program negotiation and the US Defense secretary resigned Al Jazeera English news spent an entire 30 minutes slot reporting about a grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting. The station does not report abuse of human rights, religious freedoms and tyrannical government behavior by Saudi Arabia and other Arab/Muslim states. That is how - using gross exaggerations and over focusing on an issue - a subliminal anti-Western and anti-Israel propaganda is carried out!
Jordan's Prime Minister, Abdullah Nsur sent a letter of condolences to the families of the two terrorists who murdered five Jews in a synagogue in Jerusalem a week ago. "I ask that Allah surround them with mercy, and give you all patience, solace and recovery from your grief." The letter from the Jordanian Prime Minister comes two days after Jordan's parliament offered a prayer in honor of "the spirit" of the two terrorists.
Israel Must Stop 'Funding PA Terrorism'
Knesset Finance Committee chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) is looking for legislative and parliamentary means to block the transfer of funds from Israel to the PA. Money finds its way from the PA to the families of the terrorists - all while Israel passes on to the PA taxes it collects, even as the PA fails to stand by its agreements, and owes Israel staggering sums, including over 1.4 billion shekels (over $360 million) in unpaid electric bills.
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki announced that the PA has decided to delay its statehood bid at the United Nations Security Council, which was supposed to take place at the end of this month. Abbas and other PA officials repeatedly denied over the past few weeks that they had any intention to call off or delay the application to the Security Council. (It is not the first time the PA is using this statehood application stunt as a political blackmail tactic!)
Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months. Meanwhile, Tehran will be able to continue to access around $700 million per month in sanctions relief. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his nation that it "has achieved a significant victory" and "negotiations will lead to a deal, sooner or later." Just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry announced that talks between Iran and the West ended in failure Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress said the time has come to crackdown on Tehran against the Obama administration's wishes.
Thousands of commando-style knives, swords, fireworks and small devices capable of delivering an electric shock were found hidden in two shipping containers supposedly loaded with Christmas decorations. Fireworks have become a highly popular tool of rioters facing off with police and soldiers during riots in the Arab sector, in particular in East Jerusalem.
MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) was removed from the stand after he threatened to "choke" MK. Moshe Feiglin. MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) then joined in on the unrest, being forcibly removed by security from the platform after he called Feiglin a "fascist." "If you think I'm going to capitulate to that kind of verbal violence, you're wrong," Feiglin responded on the podium. The heated debate emerged during discussion of the Jewish State Law.
Corrupt Hamas Resorts to Blackmail by Terror
Hamas is once again threatening to attack Israel , this time over the failure of the international community and the Palestinian Authority to fulfil their promises to rebuild the Gaza Strip. Hamas is also angry with the Egyptians for closing the Rafah border crossing after a terror attack in Sinai in which 32 Egyptian soldiers were killed. Moreover, Hamas has rejected the United Nations plan to reconstruct the Gaza Strip on the pretext that it "sidelines" the Islamist movement and allows Israel to decide who would benefit from the work. "The UN plan is unacceptable and ineffective," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. (Huge part of international aid ends up in pockets of Hamas/PA apparatchiks. The rest is used to build terrorist infrastructure and finance terror attacks.)
Despite warnings that the brutal terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) is targeting Pope Francis for assassination, the Pope came out in favor of "dialogue" with the group that has committed countless atrocities while conquering large parts of Syria andIraq. "It is difficult, one could say almost impossible, but the door is always open," he said.
Despite holding a supposedly non-political position, President Reuven Rivlin opposes the "Jewish State". In attacking the law, Rivlin claimed "Judaism and democracy, democracy and Judaism, said as one utterance, are combined, and continue to be so...Jewish is democratic and democracy is Jewish." (So, why is it wrong to emphasize Jewishness of the Jewish state?)The president has also been criticized of courting the Arab vote by taking some unsavory positions, including supporting traitor ex-MK Azmi Bishara, fighting for him to keep receiving a pension even after he helped aim Hezbollah missiles and fled Israel.
Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that he supports any Israeli Knesset Members who oppose the controversial Jewish State Law. The PLO statement continued, "The Jewish State Law is a racist political decision that is built to negate the Palestinian rights and to control the land... (of a Muslim state of a fake Palestinian nation!)
Even in Retirement Peres is still 'Barking'
Israel's former president has come out against a bill floated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would define Israel as "the Jewish state." Shimon Peres said the legislation was driven by political interests, would hurt the country's image and erodeIsrael's "democratic principles." Peres joined his successor, Reuven Rivlin, in opposing the bill. (Of cause it is political! International bigots will only respect Israel when Jews regain self-respect. Chaim Weizmann , Israel's first President, said that as president of Israel all he is allowed to do is stick his nose in a handkerchief. But these self-hating idiots can't close their mouths!)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran 's supreme leader has, said that Western powers will not be able to bring the country to its knees in nuclear talks, but gave his indirect approval for a continuation of the negotiations. Iran 's President Hassan Rouhani told the nation that it "has achieved a significant victory..." Mansour Haghighatpour, a member of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, told the AP news agency that the extension of the talks proved: "Iran does not give in its long-term interests". (Iran is playing for time and the US , UK, Russia ,China, France and Germany have been 'eagerly' helping to cross 'a point of no return', by participating in bogus negotiations!)
Need to Remove Enemies from Jewish Land
Israel has revoked the residency rights of the widow of an Arab who carried out a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue earlier this month. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would seek broad powers to rescind the residency and welfare rights of any Palestinian resident of Israel and East Jerusalem if they, or their relatives, participated in unrest.
The US's drone strike campaign in the Middle East has killed an unprecedented number of civilians. Terrorists only comprise 3.5% of the people who have died from "targeted killings".(96.5% of Casualties from US drone strikes civilians, but nobody is 'outraged'!)
Quote of the Week:
"The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkeythrew out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman.Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israeldisplaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab." - Eric Hoffer, LA Times, May 26, 1968.
by Yitzhak Benhorin
Israeli ambassador to UN slams European initiatives to recognize Palestinian state outside peace process, warns moves remove incentive to renounce violence.
Addressing diplomats and dignitaries, Prosor told the attendees, "I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel , but asking nothing of the Palestinians."
"I accuse you of speaking about Israel 's right of self-defense in theory, but denying it in practice. I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our state," said Prosor, adding, "Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state."
Prosor attacked European governments, in general, and Sweden, in particular, saying they are "failing us again" and their recognition of a Palestinian state was an "historic mistake."
The Israeli ambassador said such votes and declarations are "giving the Palestinians exactly what they want - statehood without peace. By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence."
He told the gathered dignitaries that the event to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was "not about speaking for peace or speaking for the Palestinian people - it is about speaking against Israel."
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