First Saudi Arabia and Then, Turkey

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

Will the Jordanian Waqf follow suit and lay off Jews entering the Temple Mount (Haram E-Sharif) compound, halting the shouts of the murabatat and news reports speaking of "provocations" and "talmudic rituals" after this now?

Saudi Arabia will allow non-Muslims to enter four mosques in Jeddah, local media reported on Monday.  The main purpose of the move is to allow non-Muslims to get acquainted with the Islamic civilization, Xinhua news agency quoted a media report as saying. Saudi Arabia banned non-Muslims from entering Mecca city, which is a sacred land for Muslims around the world.

I checked a Saudi source, to make sure, and learned:

Instructions have been issued to allow non-Muslims to visit four mosques in the Kingdom to get acquainted with the Islamic civilization, informed sources told Okaz/Saudi Gazette.  Non-Muslim visitors must respect the sanctity of the mosques and not to desecrate the holiness of the houses of Allah, the sources said.

All the four mosques are located in Jeddah, the gate to the Two Holy Mosques. They are: Al-Rahma (providence), Al-Taqwa (piety), King Fahd and King Saud mosques. Imam of Quba mosque in Madinah, Sheikh Saleh Al-Mighmasi said on Friday that the entry of non-Muslims to Madinah is not against Islam and does not include any violation of Shariah.

Well, from conservative Wahabist Saudi Arabia comes forth an approach that could lessen tensions and stop Muslim incitement and violence.

That way we needn't have to follow the Turkish precedent of dealing with shared holy space.

P.S.  And, by the way, Advocate Lea Tsemel (whose offices are at 2 Abu Odediah Street, Jerusalem), claims (here in the Hebrew) that the Temple Mount is not holy as it is not defined as such in the law books.  She's technically correct but as Judge Moshe Drori pointed out, a series of High Court for Justice decision have defined the place as a holy site and that's what counts.