I can not judge this source … I do not know anything about the publication — the article is fascinating. In 2008, I visited Temple Mount and saw the Israeli archaeology project, which literally abuts the al Aqsa Mosque. Totally sealed off and makes it inconvenient for Palestinians to visit mosque. If they decide to rebuild temple, they will have to destroy mosque — I need not tell what that means.
Surely, Israelis understand that means going to the mattresses with the entire Arab world (including Christian Arabs because they depend on religious tolerance which is more prevalent among moslems than jew in that part of world). In fact, rebuilding the temple could unite Shi’ites and Sunnis. Netanyahu, for all his rhetoric, is more cautious about starting wars — look at his track record — he is a master of bluffing. Olmert and perhaps Barak are more dangerous.
The problem of course, is controlling the right wing crazies in Israel, and IDF is definitely getting more religious. The really tragic irony in all this is the most Israelis come from or are descended from eastern Europeans (Netanyahu is of Lithuanian descent), and in all probability, the vast bulk of E. European Jewry is descended from Kazars who converted from paganism to Judiaism 400-800 years AFTER the temple was destroyed. The true descendants of the Jews who suffered the Roman persecution are probably the Palestinians who converted to Islam. A distinguished Israeli historian at U. of Tel Aviv, Schlomo Sand, has written a stunning history of the Jewish “diaspora” that concluded most was the result of conversion not migration. The name of the book is The Invention of Jewish People. I really recommend it.
by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
Veterans Today, 26 June 2012
On July 23, 2012, in a scathing attack against the Wagf (literally translated to endowment), the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) opinion piece’s opening paragraph stated:
“This year, as Israel observes the traditional period of national mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple on Tisha b’Av (which starts at sundown on Saturday), it has again been revealed that the Islamic Wakf is carrying out unsupervised work at the Temple Mount, potentially causing irrevocable damage to Judaism’s holiest site”.
A December 2011 al-Akhbar article fully elaborates on the Israeli attacks against the Islamic Waqf (see linkii) for the purpose of land grab which includes homes, shops, and even Moslem cemeteries.
But there is another dimension to these attacks – a messianic aspect which is far more alarming than just stealing land from their rightful owners. The inherent danger from the Israeli obsession over the Temple Mount was first elaborated in an article dated June 2010 called “Nukes And Temples” – highlights of which is as follows: