Daily Israel Report

Orlev: More Honesty about Temple Mount Destruction

The public should be told more about the demolition of Jewish artifacts on the Temple Mount, MK Orlev says.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/29/2012, 8:32 PM

Temple Mount
Temple Mount
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The public should have been given more information about the Muslim Waqf’s demolition of ancient Jewish artifacts on the Temple Mount, MK Zevulun Orlev said, speaking to Arutz Sheva. The State Comptroller wrote a report on the issue, but the report has been classified as secret.

Some things in the report are secret for good reason, said Orlev, “but more could have been revealed.”

Israel should not fear taking a public stance on the issue, he said. “The Temple Mount is, after all, under the state’s absolute sovereignty, and the state has an obligation,” he noted.

The rules of archaeology are universal, he continued. The enlightened world is in favor of protecting ancient artifacts and history, he said. “Therefore,” he argued, “it was important to reveal the barbaric, primitive behavior of the Muslim [Waqf], behavior that was apparently intentional.”

While the State Comptroller’s report cannot be published, much evidence has already been made public to indicate that the Waqf’s demolition of Temple-era artifacts is not accidental, Orlev said. The destruction is aimed at erasing evidence tying Jews to the holy site, he stated.

Fortunately, the very act of compiling the report shook up the various authorities – among them the Shin Bet, the police, and the city of Jerusalem – involved in protecting the holy site, he said. “The investigation itself had a benefit, and the report’s submission brought benefit.”