Sunday, February 28, 2010

What DO They Think?

Let me give you a quick seminar on the Israel-Arab conflict based on the prinicple of "it started when he hit me back" based on this story:-

Israel police broke into the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday, after Palestinian worshippers hurled stones at non-Muslim visitors of the holy site, barricading themselves in one of the compound's mosques.

...Adnan al-Husseini, a Palestinian official in charge of Jerusalem, said Palestinian youths had spent the night at the mosque saying Jewish hardliners had threatened to enter the site.

Israel's government decided that two sites located in Judea and Samaria will be treated as part of the national heritage preservation scheme.

Those two, Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, are Jewish sites with a history of thousands of years. For the past 43 years they have been under Israel's administrative control.

So, what do the Arabs do. They riot.

They riot and they deny any Jewish connection to any part of the Land of Israel.

And they suggest that "Jewish hardliners had threatened to enter the site". But that's permitted. And is done almost daily. And if the Arabs wouldn't throw stones, shout, scream and yell and make outrageously false claims, all religious locations could be shared by all.

But, if the Muslims continue excluding us from our sites in one way or another, obviously they cannot expect any quid pro quo.

If we cannot enter, cannot excavate, cannot pray, cannot visit, do they presume there will be reciprocity?

What DO they think?


I forgot to emphasize this:

Palestinian worshippers hurled stones at non-Muslim visitors of the holy site.

Non-Muslim means also Christians. So what happened to all that Christian-Muslim solidarity?

And BBC gets lost:

Israeli police say they have entered a compound in Jerusalem containing the al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites...The site also contains the Western Wall, a sacred site for Jews.

Dear BBC, no, the Western Wall is not in the Temple Mount. It is an external supporting wall.

And, the Temple Mount is what is sacred to the Jews.

Actually, the Arab Maan agency gets it right:-

The compound, known by Muslims as the Haram Ash-Sharif, is the third holiest site in Islam, believed to be the location where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and returned. The site is the holiest for Jews, who believe it to be the site of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, and is referred to by Jews and Israelis as the Temple Mount.

1 comment:

Seth said...

What do they think? They think that the Israeli government will always be too weak to exert its rights and they will always have free reign to do what they want!