Dr. Joseph Frager
At the recent Manhigut Yehudit Dinner in New York, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann called for the Holy Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount.
This is the first time I can recall that a member of Congress and a former candidate for the Presidency called in no uncertain terms for the building of the Temple pronto. It would be a miracle if Congress not only passed Legislation to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but also passed a Bill granting total and unencumbered sovereignty of the Temple Mount to Israel.
In my conversations with past and possibly future Presidential Candidate Governor Mike Huckabee I have asked if indeed he would allow Israel to build at the very least a synagogue on the Temple Mount, and the Holy Temple itself if conditions were ripe for such a move. He was "asked" similarly by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed (I was present) as reported by Boston Globe Reporter Matthew Kalman stating, "We hope under Mike Huckabee's Presidency, he will be like Cyrus and push us to rebuild the Temple and bring the final Redemption." Governor Huckabee responded, "You have imposed upon me another significant role, to train the Jewish People to love Israel. You're going to ask a Baptist to do that?"
I believe, in my heart of hearts, that, indeed, if the conditions were aligned correctly,as President, he would give the green light to such a move.
It is also my firm belief that the Temple will be rebuilt with the help of the President of the United States at some future time. It is always important to remember that the State of Israel came into being in the modern era by way of President Harry Truman. It is always appropriate to thank America for such an incredible Event in our History. This has been the prototype of the very special relationship America has for Israel. It makes perfect sense that a truly friendly President will allow Israel to do what it should have done and could have done after the 1967 War but missed the opportunity to do so.
As Jerusalem Day approaches for the 47th time it would be worth at least thinking about a Temple on the Temple Mount by the 50th Anniversary. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann deserves tremendous credit for going public with her wishes and changing the narrative for the Jewish People. There are others who will come forward. The Final Frontier is here. It is up to all of us to make it a reality.