In '67, amidst the rockets and sniper fire, the wireless radio picked up the famous exclamation: Har HaBayit b'yadeinu! Har HaBayit b'yadeinu! The Temple Mount is in our hands!
It was the culmination of great events, of miracles the Jewish people had seen since we came staggering out of the death camps of Europe. Blessings and praise to Hashem flowed from the mouths of the observant and secular Jew alike. And what did we do when the smoke cleared, when the celebrations were barely over? We turned over the Jewish people's holiest place to the Muslims, to the Waqf, which only lets Jews go up to the Temple Mount for 3 hours on any given day, where we cannot even pray audibly, lest we be arrested.
We turned our holiest place over to the very people who drove us out, who sniped at us from our walls, who used the Western Wall as a junk heap, and a toilet. And what do the Muslim Arabs do now? They incite their people to "protect the mosque" because it was Yom Kippur, and then Sukkot. And when the police shut the Temple Mount down what did they find? Piles of stones and bricks that were to be rained down on the heads of the Jews below.
This is what we reap for showing kindness to those who have dedicated their lives to killing us. We gave up control of our holiest place to these people, and for what? To have bricks and stones dropped on us? It is madness.
But what is more mad is that now, with tensions in Jerusalem running high, because of the inciting and hatred of the Muslims, the PA foreign minister is appealing to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, to ease the tension. He briefed him on, "Israeli escalation measures against the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the actions the Israelis have been taking in recent days against al-Aqsa mosque," and for the Secretary General's, "immediate intervention to prevent Israel from escalating the situation in Jerusalem."
This is what we get when we surrender what is ours. It is a disgrace. And yet, Israel throws lavish celebrations to mark the reunification of the city and calls it "pride." There is nothing to be proud of when Jews give over their holiest place to those that seek our deaths. There is nothing to celebrate when the Jewish state commits an act of chilul Hashem. When we take Har HaBayit back, that will be something to celebrate, that will be something to be proud of. I see nothing noble in celebrating when Har Habayit is not in our hands, and those that hold the keys use it as a platform from which to do us harm.
And just to throw salt in the wound, the Supreme Court of Israel announced today that it is refusing to hear a case regarding police discrimination against religious Jews on Har HaBayit. The court also rejected a petition to allow Jews to ascend Har HaBayit on Friday and Shabbat.Chairman Yehudah Glick of the Temple Mount Human-Rights Organization, which filed the petition, said in response:
"Before my eyes stood one central thing, the profaning of G-d's name in that during the seven days of Sukkot, when we are commanded to be seen before the Lord in the place that He will choose, the Temple Mount is closed to Jews, following Muslim violence."And so the Supreme Court commits yet another act of Chilul Hashem in the name of the Jewish state.