The Muslim, the world, the war against Jerusalem

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

The Gaza-Israel war appears to have ended, at least for now. But the fight to conquer Israel hasn’t stopped. It’s just moved to a different battlefield.

The new battlefield has two fronts: East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Muslims riot in East Jerusalem. They attack Jews on the Temple Mount. They attack Jews in Jerusalem.

When a Muslim dies on this battlefield, he is praised as a hero. The latest ‘hero’ to die was a man who tried to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick. Apparently, Rabbi Glick committed a capital crime. He works to bring freedom of worship for Jews on the Temple Mount.

In this war, that’s a kill-able offense. Apparently, freedom of worship at holy sites is allowed only to Muslims.

When this latest Muslim assailant was killed in a gun-battle with Israeli police, he became an instant hero. Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas praised him. Abbas called him a ‘Palestinian’ martyr who died while defending “the rights of the Palestinian nation and the holy places [sic]” (“Netanyahu: It's Time That the World Condemn Abbas”, Arutz Sheva, November 3, 2014).

In this war, Hamas commits to conquer the Temple Mount (“Hamas Vows Fight to 'Last Drop of Blood' on Temple Mount”, Arutz Sheva, October 9, 2014). Many vow to fight all of Israel if Jews think they can “assign different prayer times for Jews and Arabs” (“Haniyeh: We'll Fight Israel Over Temple Mount”, Arutz Sheva, October 31, 2014).

To Muslims who attack Jews, any prayer time for Jews on the Temple Mount is a desecration. The Temple Mount is “a place of worship for Muslims” only (“MK Tibi: 'Jews Have No Right To Pray on Temple Mount'”, Arutz Sheva, November 1, 2014).

To set the record straight, the Temple Mount is the ‘first’ holiest site in Judaism.  To Muslims, it’s the ‘third’ holiest site.

The Temple Mount is the place where Judaism’s Two Holy Temples stood before each was destroyed by enemies of Israel. The Temple Mount was Jewish for perhaps 1,600 years before Islam was born.

The Muslim came to Jerusalem in the seventh century, CE. He conquered it. He built a mosque upon the Temple Mount.

That’s how the Mount got to be ‘Muslim’--through conquest.

In 1967, the Jews ‘conquered it back’.

Today, Muslims who attack Jews don’t care about history. They don’t care that there’s a Peace Treaty that commits Jordan to provide Jews freedom of access and worship at the Temple Mount.

If Jews want to worship on the Temple Mount, Hamas wants an Intifada (“Hamas Official Declares Intifada in Jerusalem”, Arutz Sheva, October 25, 2014). PA leader Abbas wants an Intifada (“Abbas Calls for 'Jerusalem Intifada' - Just Like Arafat Did”, Arutz Sheva, October 28, 2014).

At the height of the riots, Israeli authorities seemed on the verge of losing control (“Jerusalem is a time-bomb, and Israel can't hear the ticking”, YNET, October 24, 2014). Officials struggled to keep Arab lawlessness from spiralling out of control (“Edelstein Vows: 'Jerusalem Will Not Become Cannon Fodder'”, Arutz Sheva, October 27, 2014). Since the Temple Mount was the rallying-point for Muslim attacks, police wanted to close it (temporarily) to reduce the probability of an angry confrontation.

Immediately, the world jumped to defend the Muslim. The world said nothing as Muslims attacked Jews. But once Israel announced the closure of the Mount (for security reasons), the nations ‘begged’ Israel not to close the Mount to the Muslim (“UN official: Israel must hear the cries of the world”, Voila! News, October 29, 2014). The United States was more direct. It declared that Israel must open the Mount to Muslims (but keep it closed to Jews) (“US Urges Israel to Open Temple Mount to Muslims”, Arutz Sheva, October 30, 2014).

The world war to rip Jerusalem and its Temple Mount away from the Jew sends sparks of fire spiralling to the heavens. Beneath the smoke, the Jew retreats. Frightened, he refuses to speak for G-d. Instead of seeking freedom of worship, he offers surrender (“PM: Temple Mount is our holiest site, but we won’t allow Jewish prayer there”, Times of Israel, November 2, 2014).

The G-d of Israel has a Story for you. It’s the Story of the Jewish Final Redemption. The war against Jerusalem and G-d’s HomePlace, the Temple Mount, is at the heart of that Story. Jewish appeasement, fear and surrender are also part of that Story.

Stay tuned. The G-d of Israel won’t disappoint you.