Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Shvat 3, 5766/January 31, 2006
The passing of Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri: what is a tsaddik and what is his role in the nation of Israel? In this week's TEMPLE TALK Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven discuss the remarkable love that the people of Israel have for Rabbi Kaduri and the outpouring of grief as hundreds of thousands participated in his funeral procession. Acting Prime Minister Olmert would pay his spin doctors top dollar to learn the secret of this kind of appeal, but alas, will remain clueless as to what truly moves the Jewish people, as he and his advisors, like Pharaoh and his magicians, refuse to recognize the One G-d, and only harden their hearts against their fellow Jews, even when their own well laid plans blow up in their faces.
Rosh Chodesh Shvat - the new month of Shvat whose attributes include the letter tsaddik - righteous one - and the element of water - the symbol of Torah. The current Torah readings of Va'era and Bo, (Exodus 6:2 - 13:16), describing the ten plagues and the slow, painful recognition by Pharaoh of the G-d of Israel. Why did G-d "harden Pharaoh's heart," and why was it too late for Pharaoh to do teshuva - to repent? Gain insight into all these questions, and more, on this week's TEMPLE TALK.
Chodesh tov - a good month to all,
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
who knew not Yosef."
Tevet 25, 5766/January 25, 2006
With these words from the eighth verse of the book of Exodus a new and troubling chapter opens in the life of the nation of Israel. Yet this seemingly simple statement begs many a question: How could any Egyptian, let alone the king, forget Yosef, the Hebrew that just a generation before had literally saved the entire nation of Egypt, while all the while heaping more glory upon Pharaoh, and pointing to the One G-d as the hidden guiding force behind all existence? Was this really a "new king" or was it the same old king, making himself over as part of a well thought out political machination? Did he truly "not know Yosef" or was he committing a self imposed amnesia upon himself? And if so, what, in his eyes, did he have to gain from acting as if he had never met the giant that saved his people and saved his throne?
Perhaps, as Yosef himself might have responded, the answer to all these questions is one. The Jewish people has preserved an oral tradition of commentaries - explanations and perspectives - that has been archived in the many books that line our shelves. But we also are witness to an oral tradition that is written in the days of our lives and the history of our nation. When we teach that the Torah has relevance to the events transpiring in the land of Israel today, we are also stating that these very current events can shed a new and instructive light on the Torah itself. Yes, the news evolving in Israel today is eerily reminiscent of the above quoted verse: "Now there arose a new king in Egypt who knew not Yosef." The democratic nation of Israel today, at this very moment, is being ruled by a political faction that did not exist the last time a vote was cast in the land. And this political faction, and indeed, the nation itself, is being run by an acting Prime Minister that was never elected, in fact was never an option, to lead the nation. But lead the nation he is - against its own people; against its own brethren. A new king has arisen in Israel that knows not Yosef!
Here would seem to be revealed the answer to our question above: Yes, we have a new king - not a prime minister, but an acting prime minister - who is not a new king at all. In fact he has never even been elected! He hasn't forgotten his brethren, the decent and selfless Jews who have settled the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria - he has chosen to estrange himself from Yosef; to throw him in the pit; to abandon him to his bloodthirsty enemies. He - the acting Prime Minister - along with the scheming brothers of his "Kadima" party, have chosen to literally strip Yosef of his protective coat and to cast him to the mercy of a merciless enemy. No doubt he will wipe his hands clean, present a blood soaked garment, and with an eloquence most deep and distinguished, pronounce to an unsuspecting world, "alas, our brother is no more, torn to pieces by a bloodthirsty beast."
In this week's Temple Talk, Rabbi Richman - back from his fortnight in the USA, and Yitzchak Reuven, discuss these Torah issues. In an interview with Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, the mayor of the Samarian frontier community of Itamar, we learn of the evil calculations the acting Prime Minister is methodically plotting against the very lives of the men, women and children of Itamar. Rabbis Richman and Goldsmith discuss what is behind this inexplicable turn of events: not the political calculus, but the spiritual calculus that is being played out, hopefully, we believe, not as a cruel replay of distant historical events, but as a stage in the unfolding redemption of the people of Israel.
Also discussed in Temple Talk is the figure of Moshe Rabbeinu - Moses our Master. We learn of Miriam and Yitro, and the crucial roles they played in the Children of Israel's future march to freedom. We learn of the mysterious staff that passed from the hand of Adam Harishon - the first man - from generation to generation, until it was taken by Yitro from the courtyard of Pharaoh, and planted in his garden in the land of Midian, where Moshe plucked it, earning himself both Yitro's daughter Tsippora, and the very staff with which he would split the Sea of Reeds.
Also discussed is Rabbi Richman's spiritual journey throughout the United States these past two weeks, the season of the year called shovevim, and yes - special mention of the legend of King Arthur! All this, and more, in this week's Temple Talk.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the proud pioneering community of Itamar, or to contact Rabbi Goldsmith, can do so by clicking on Itamar.
Special: Our colleague from Arutz Sheva, Yishai Fleisher, would like to remind each and every Jew living outside the land of Israel that it is a Jewish imperative to pick up stakes today, and make aliyah! If you have not yet purchased your ticket, or you are still uncertain, or especially if you have never considered it, please have a look at this online flash feature : Aliyah Revolution
With blessings of deliverance,
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The German-dominated EU have set their evil eye upon Jerusalem and prepare to go for the kill with the call for UN Resolution 181 - the blueprint of THE BEAST - to be enforced, all under guise of promoting world peace while whetting their nuclear sword for World War, ignited by the foolish Muslims whose imminent jihad against Europe will result in their rapid response: a NEW CRUSADE.
The Vatican is tightening its noose around the neck of Israel and its diabolical desire for Jerusalem plans on being fulfilled by implementing THE GRAND DESIGN: the final revival of the unholy Roman Empire of the German Nation, the restoration of the Crusader-Kingdom, with Jerusalem as its crown and the Temple Mount (with its imminent Temple) as the crown jewel.
Truth is stranger than fiction and to fail to appreciate or even begin to understand the cultic pull, the demonic drive, key players (with their foreign interests and alien ideas) feel and exert to possess Jerusalem and occupy Israel is to doom the Jewish homeland to getting stomped by the EU jackboot and conquered in the satanic sign of their cross.
As Israeli investigative reporter Joel Bainerman has exposed within The Vatican Agenda, this pagan plot to subdue Israel and control Jerusalem is very real and important and serious to the criminal minds that spawned the Luciferian Oslo "peace process" (which has been nothing less than the systematic dismantling of the Jewish homeland and imminent destruction of many of its Jews, whether oblivious Israelis grasp or believe it or not).
Mr. Bainerman charges the lying "peace process" has been nothing but a smokescreen, a red herring, while the Vatican is intent, based upon their Babylonian Mystery religious beliefs masquerading as Christian, to feverishly work underground, undermining Israeli will and sovereignty, bringing both to a state of collapse, inviting foreign invasion under the guise of "peacekeeping" troops.
Yitzhak Rabin was the biggest diversionary tactic these murderers in our midst have pulled off: the Israeli Left, ignobly represented by the likes of Shimon Peres, conspired with their European masters to sacrifice Rabin to become their martyr and ritually abuse his blood to further their agenda against those faithful Jews and patriots who won't just go like sheep to the slaughter, or at least not as easily as the others who have been duped into believing the BIG LIE of "Land for Peace." Israel has given plenty of land and yet still has no peace, and yet continues blindly toward the abyss with such a failed formula and miserable "Roadmap" to hell! Where is Israel's rosh Yehudi? (Jewish head). Where is the nephesh Yehudi? (Jewish soul).
Barry Chamish and David Rutstein, two Israelis, both publicly charge Shimon Peres with the murder of Yitzhak Rabin and haven't been sued! They courageously testify before the Israeli people that something isn't kosher. They offer plenty of evidence that Shimon Peres came to power over Rabin's dead body. Messrs. Chamish and Rutstein decry that Rabin's real killers are still at large and that Rabin's real killers are still selling out Israel to foreigners, gorging themselves with blood money and fattening themselves for the slaughter they fail to believe will include them, as it most certainly will, as history warns every kapo discovered to his horror.
I'm convinced that the same vultures that circled Rabin, that saw to his violent death, who have brutally betrayed Prime Minister Rabin and sold out the nation, are heavily bribed, bought and paid for prostitutes, involved in illicit foreign affairs with their European counterparts and Vatican cronies.
Such scandals must be brought to light (that would rock the nation and shake the world), if such stooges are to be stopped dead in their tracks, their treason exposed and their ticking time-bomb defused! Otherwise, they will carry out their instructions until the bitter end of the Third Jewish Commonwealth; instrumental in the premeditated murder of Israeli sovereignty, enslavement of the Jewish people and rape of Jerusalem.
Israel must reopen the Rabin File (which will bring all this out into the open) or they will have sealed their own fate and written it in Rabin's blood that still cries out for justice.
Monday, January 23, 2006
The Vatican Agenda by Joel Bainerman
Israelis have probably never thought very much about what the Roman Catholic Church/The Vatican thinks about "end of days" theology. Jews themselves don't give much thought to what will happen when "Gog and Magog" takes place. Jews don't go in for anything the least bit "next world" but instead are firmly planted in the here and know. That's good.
However it doesn't matter what Jews think, what matters is what The Vatican believes, and why it believes this. Judaism, and modern Jewish thought pretty much just dismisses the basic tenets of Catholicism outright and doesn't even bother addressing the core questions of what is behind "Catholic theological claims."
Instead of taking what they believe seriously, we tend to snicker amongst ourselves when we see those pictures of obscure rituals and ceremonies, and think the whole religion is near pagan-like with the "eating of Holy Wafers" and "sprinkling of Baptism water" on people's heads. That may be true, but that doesn't matter. What matters is what they believe and what they plan to do about making their beliefs become a reality.
The institution of "The Vatican" is not understood by Israelis and Jews. The conventional wisdom you get from the spokespersons in Israeli government ministries and the conventional Israeli media is "both sides have great intentions to do good" and that's about it. When it comes to Israel's bi-lateral affairs, nothing much gets investigated by the Israeli media. Thus a secret deal could be done between the Vatican and the State of Israel and nobody in Israel would ever find out about it.
In fact, that is exactly what happened.
This essay will provide the background to that deal, as well as what the Vatican's intentions are regarding Israel and The Old City Of Jerusalem. It will reveal which Israeli politicians made certain commitments to The Vatican regarding the issue of sovereignty in the Old City of Jerusalem. These negotiations and meetings were all carried out in secret. During this time period, 1992-l995, the Oslo Accords was what got all the public's attention. Oslo was like "throwing sand in the eyes" of the public. The Vatican is where the real action was happening. Oslo seemed to be just the cover story. A "red herring", if you will.
What Does The Vatican Want?
It can't be that the Vatican is only interested in "access to their Holy Sites" in Jerusalem. They already have that as well as legal jurisdiction under Israeli law for their institutions and assets in Jerusalem. Also, when these "Holy Sites" were under the jurisdiction of the Jordanians from l948-l967, no Pope demanded the "internationalization of Jerusalem".
It is something else, which the Vatican wants. The Roman Catholic Church, need to have certain versions of events be played out for them to stand in front of mankind and proclaim: our Messiah has returned." Of course, to the Jews, this Messiah will be as false as the first one was supposed to be. Don't matter. This is the goal of the Vatican and this is what all Israelis need to worry about.
The Vatican/Roman Catholic's version of events is this:
They know this isn't the end of the story that the Jewish G-d had in mind, but that doesn't mean they won't try and engineer their own ending to the story. So what if it is fraudulent. Doesn't matter, that is their game plan and that is what matters and that is what Israeli Jews need to be better informed about. It is important for everyone to know what The Vatican have up its sleeve because it directly relates to our existence and our future destiny as an independent nation. This a very powerful force this is scheming to get control of the Old City of Jerusalem so you better know why and how the Vatican intends to do this. Once you have all the facts and the chronological record you will be better informed deal with this issue and of foreign control over Israel's political existence and destiny.
First, you have to realize that for centuries The Vatican has attempted to obtain control of Jerusalem, which started with the Crusades. For them to convince the world that the Messiah they put on the world's stage is going to be accepted as genuine, they need to perform this play in the Old City. The story of this production is that this "Messiah" will merge the three monotheistic religions, usher in peace and harmony in the world, and solve the Middle East conflict. The location for this "production" will be in none other than the Old City of Jerusalem.
This so-called "Messiah" that will be proclaimed, will be a false one and it will insist that by having a "world government" (i.e., the United Nations) the world peace and harmony will be ushered in. This will be a lie, and a fraud, but never mind. In our world, reality isn't important. Public perceptions are. The end result is the stripping of Israel's sovereignty as an independent nation giving way to a "regional bloc of nations" in the Middle East. Israel will be pressured to accede to these demands by all world bodies and the superpowers on the claim that "this is the only way to solve the Middle East conflict). In order to the Jews to go along they will convince them that with the "Messiah" having appeared for the Jews, it is time to start rebuilding the Third Temple- what they call "Solomon's Temple". This version of events is widely available through a simple search on the Internet as there are many Christian groups and organizations (the majority of which who are very pro-Israel) who don't buy into these beliefs and thus are against them. I didn't come up with the theory- I am just bringing it to the attention of the Israeli public.
Make no mistake about it. The Old City of Jerusalem, as well as most of the eastern half of the city, is what The Vatican is after.
Because controlling the entire Old City of Jerusalem (and not just Church properties) and being able to build whatever they want on Mount Zion is critical for the program they have planned to put into play in our capital city. The deal that it has signed with Israel via Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres (in secret and without the approval of the Knesset) gives The Church not only extraterritorial status to their properties (which is what the bi-lateral agreement the Israeli government signed with the Vatican on December 30th, 1993, put in law) but of control over the entire city as "custodians" under UN presence. In this way the Jews will give up control over the Old City. To the Vatican the Israeli people would have a problem with. To the UN, they would say, "we had no choice".
A Chronology Of The Attempt By The Vatican To Displace Israel From The Old City Of Jerusalem
The "Chronology of Events" for the Vatican's conquest of the Old City of Jerusalem is as follows- all of which can be verified via the sources of the information:
On October 12th, the head of the World Jewish Congress, Edgar Bronfman, is appointed head of the International Jewish Committee of Inter-religious Consultation to conduct officials contacts with The Vatican and the State of Israel.
On March 17th, Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek says: "The Israeli government should meet the Vatican's demand to apply special status for Jerusalem."
On April 1st, The Vatican announced that it "favors a Labor victory" in the June 1992 general elections in Israel.
On April 15th, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, one of the highest ranking diplomats at The Vatican, visits Israel for the first time but only meets with Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek.
The story of The Catholic Church's attempt to abscond with the Old City of Jerusalem from the Jews begins in July 1992. According to the information on the Foreign Ministry website, literally from the moment the new Rabin-led Labor government took over from Yitzhak Shamir's defeated Likud party, secret talks with the Vatican and the State of Israel began. What precipitated these secret talks? Who arranged these talks, and why? Why were they kept secret from the Israeli public? What was the end result of these agreements? Where do they stand today? The entire subject of Israel's bi-lateral relations with the Vatican is intentionally kept locked away in secrecy. It is no wonder that nobody in Israel knows much about "Israel-Vatican relations" as it is never, ever reported on in the Israeli press.
The official story of the origins of Israel's "secret channel contacts" between Beilin's negotiating team and the Vatican comes about as a result of Shlomo Gur, a personal aide to Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin, who knew someone who put him in touch with Father David Jaeger. Father David Jaeger was president of the Catholic Court in Austin, Texas, and was brought up as an Israeli orthodox Jew who then converted to Catholicism and became a Father (not something that has happened to many Israelis who grew up Orthodox). From there, which according to the information on the Israel Foreign Ministry website was in July 1992 right after the new Rabin government took over power, nothing is known about the discussions until the agreement is signed on Dec. 30th, 1993. Nothing in the Israeli press. The info given on the actual agreement signed was very minimal and general in tone. This is probably one of the most important political contacts Israel has in the world's "power structure" yet it isn't reported on in the press. Thus no Israelis know about it. That is how it remains hidden.
The document which was used as the underlying ideological basis for the Vatican's secret deal with Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres was personally authored by Beilin. "The Illegitimacy of Israeli Sovereignty Over Jerusalem" outlines the Israeli government's program for the future of Jerusalem and calls for the division of the Old City into cantons whose border posts will be under UN control.
The plan which led to the December, 1993 agreement between The Vatican and the State of Israel was originally discussed in November 1992 at the exact same time the first meetings in London took place to discuss an agreement between Israel and the PLO which led to the Oslo Agreements. The real goal was the Vatican attempt to take over the Old City of Jerusalem. Oslo, or, "peace between Israel and the Palestinians" was just a good cover story to hide what was really going on in another sphere of Israel's foreign affairs.
On the 10th of September, just three days before the signing of the Oslo Accords Washington, the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported that then Foreign Minister Shimon Peres concluded a secret deal with the Vatican to hand over sovereignty of Jerusalem's Old City to the Vatican. the agreement and it was included in the secret clauses of the Declaration Of Principles signed on September 13th, 1993 in Washington, DC.
In the same week that Israeli Foreign Minister and chief Oslo architect Shimon Peres signed the Declaration of Principles with Yasser Arafat in Washington, the Israel-Vatican commission held a special meeting in Israel. Under the Vatican agreement the Israelis would give over control the Old City to the Vatican before the year 2000. The plan also calls for Jerusalem to become the second Vatican of the world with all three major religions represented but under the authority of the Vatican. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel but the Old City will be administered by the Vatican.
Arafat agreed to the plan just before the famous "handshake" in 1993, but when he realized that the Vatican was also going to let Israel share in the temple mount, he rejected it. (To get Arafat and the Palestinians "on board", on February 14th, 2000, the PA did sign an agreement with the Vatican which recognized the Palestinians' claims to East Jerusalem. The outbreak of the "Al Asqa Intifada" seven months after this agreement was signed may have been part of the commitment Arafat gave the Vatican as to what he would do for him in return for the Vatican acknowledging Palestinians claims to East Jerusalem and the right to statehood. The violence in the Middle East serves the Catholic Church's interest especially if Jerusalem is the subject to discuss. By Arafat getting guarantees from the Vatican that no matter what he does the Europeans will not abandon him, then it makes sense for him to declare war on Israel in Sept 2000. The "Barak gave him everything at Camp David" is propaganda. Nothing was offered that the Knesset would have approved. The intifada could only have happened if Arafat had gotten assurances from major European powers that he would survive. The agreement on Feb 2000 would have made more sense if it had occurred three or four years previous. However its timing when it was makes the Sept 2000 intifada seem logical from Arafat's perspective.
In a report in the Jerusalem weekly newspaper Kol Ha'ir, it was revealed that: "for the past six months, The Israeli government has been taking advice on the future of Jerusalem from a planning commission headed by a close aide of Teddy Kollek, Raanan Weitz, formerly the settlement director of the Jewish Agency. At a secret meeting on September 9, 1993, one day before Prime Minister Rabin signed the recognition agreement with the PLO in Israel, the forum met secretly and approved in principle a plan for Jerusalem concocted by Weitz, which he calls, "Metropolitan Jerusalem."
With absolutely no media coverage in Israel, on December 30th an "historic agreement with the Vatican" is publicly acknowledged. Called: "The Fundamental Agreement Between The Holy See and The State of Israel", it declares:
"Mindful of the singular character and universal significance of the Holy Land. Aware of the unique nature of the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and of the historic process of reconciliation and growth in mutual understanding and friendship between Catholics and Jews;
"Having decided on 29 July 1992 to establish a 'Bilateral Permanent Working Commission', in order to study and define together issues of common interest, and in view of normalizing their relations."
Already within one month of taking power there was a special committee to further "Israeli-Vatican Relations". From where did this initiative come so soon as the new government took office?
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Shmuel Meir announces at a Jerusalem press conference that he had received information that properties promised to the Vatican in Jerusalem would be granted extraterritorial status. (In early 1996 Meir was killed in a very suspicious car crash whereby the driver who drove a UN truck into Meir's car was not even charged.)
Mark Halter, a French intellectual/philosopher and a close friend of Peres, tells the Israeli weekly magazine HaShishi that he personally delivered a letter from Peres to the Pope in Sept, 1993 in which Peres promised to internationalize Jerusalem, granting the UN political control of the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Vatican hegemony of the holy sites within. The UN would give the PLO a capital within its new territory and East Jerusalem would become a kind of free trade zone of world diplomacy.
On June 15th, the Israeli government signs an agreement with The Vatican allowing the Catholic Church to participate in negotiations to determine the future of Jerusalem.
On July 9th, 1994, the Vatican's Foreign Minister, Jean-Louis Tauran, announces in Amman, Jordan: "Before territorial problems are resolved, we have to find international guarantees to safeguard the uniqueness of the city and assurances that never again one party should claim Jerusalem as its possession."
Israel signs a peace treaty with Jordan which, according to reports in Haaretz, Maariv, and Yediot Achronot, included secret clauses concerning water and Jerusalem. The agreement had been negotiated in London eight months before between Rabin, King Hussein, and Lord Victor Mishcon. As part of the agreement, Jordan would receive control over the Islamic Holy sites within a Vatican-controlled Old City of Jerusalem.
A cable from the Israeli Embassy in Rome to The Foreign Ministry was in Jerusalem is leaked to radio station Arutz Sheva, confirming the handover of Jerusalem to the Vatican. Two days later the cable made front page of Haaretz. In the widely distributed minutes of a meeting with President Clinton in 1997, Peres ended the cable with the words, "as I had previously promised the Holy See."
Member of Knesset Avraham Shapira announced in the Knesset that he had information that all Vatican property in Jerusalem was to become tax exempt and that large tracts of real estate on Mount Zion were given to the Pope in perpetuity.
A delegation from the Vatican met in Jerusalem with Palestinian Authority Religious Affairs Minister, Hassan Tahbob. Father Serge Sebastian, Secretary General of the Vatican, announced that the Holy See recognizes Palestinian sovereignty over East Jerusalem. After Shimon Peres had replaced Yitzhak Rabin as Israel's prime minister, Internal Security Minister Moshe Shachal refused to allow a Palestinian Authority meeting at the Vatican's Notre Dame Hospice in Jerusalem. According to Shachal, the Palestinians were planning to "use the Vatican to circumvent the Oslo Accords."
On November 10th, the State of Israel and the Vatican sign the "Legal Personality Agreement" whereby the State of Israel agrees to "assure full effect law to the legal personality of the Catholic Church itself." (What that means in plain english is anyone's guess.)
Hedging its bets by having bi-lateral agreements with both sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict, on February 14th, Pope John Paul 11 meets Arafat in Rome to sign an accord to normalize relations between Roman Catholic churches in Jerusalem and PA. Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Ahmed Qurei told The Jerusalem Post that the agreement is "recognition by the Catholic Church of the Palestinian claims to the eastern half of Jerusalem." According to Arafat's spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, "Arafat had been lobbying for the idea of sharing undivided Jerusalem, and for creating a Vatican-style sovereignty in the Old City." (Somehow we are supposed to believe that Arafat initiated this, and not the Vatican). The agreement calls for Jerusalem to be "an international city based on international resolutions and an international guarantee." The pack was signed despite the Vatican having signed an agreement with Israel six years earlier on December 30th, 1993 which gave legal jurisdiction under Israeli law over the Church's own institutions and assets in the Holy Land.
The Pope visits the Holy Land and repeats the Holy See's insistence that" international oversight- 'a special statute, internationally guaranteed'- would best safeguard the city's holy sites and all its religions. The city of Jerusalem is the main obstacle to peace in the region."
On March 27th, the Palestinian Authority says that The Vatican no longer insists on international status for the Old City of Jerusalem, and that The Vatican accepts the political division of the Old City between Israel and the Palestinians. (One has to wonder if this agreement had anything to do with Arafat's decision to wage war on Israel six months later?)
In a speech to the United Nations on October 30th, Archbishop Renato Martino declared: "The "unique character" of Jerusalem as a city sacred to three great religions makes it essential that religious leaders, not politicians, control the holy sites." In his meeting on October 26th with Lebanese Ambassador to the Vatican, Fouad Aoun, Pope John Paul 11 said that the city of Jerusalem should be given "specially guaranteed international status."
Israel TV journalists secretly film under the Shrine Of Omar, the 7th century Islamic building which may have been deliberately constructed over the Holy of Holies, them most sacred prayer room of the ancient Jewish Temple. The video revealed a new and massive tunnel aimed directly at the most sacred core of Solomon's and later, Herod's Temples. During the Crusades the early 12th century chivalric order, The Knights Templer, dug under the ruins for nine years and found a network of tunnels where the Jewish priests hid their treasures form the marauding Romans in 70 CE. It was also assumed that the original records of the Jerusalem Church which prove that the Vatican was not practicing Christianity as its founders had intended, was buried in this spot. A pope with exclusive rights of divine interpretation was not part of G-d's plan. If these scrolls were made public they would jeopardize Rome's legitimacy. Thus it is imperative to The Vatican that the Jews be removed from the Temple Mount so that they don't find these important scrolls. The PA is serving as the Vatican's "building contractors" in this arrangement in the hope that the Vatican will side with the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel.
Israeli, US and German delegations at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Berlin have to fight a surprise proposal to internationalize Jerusalem's Old City by the Italian delegation to the meeting. The head of the Italian delegation told Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the US-based Simon Weisenthal Center, that the main concern of the Italian government was that "in the future when there are peace discussions, the Palestinian entity will be given control of the Christian Holy sites."
Why the secular government of Italy should be worried about this was not explained in the new item. (The Jerusalem Post, July 8th, 2002)
So What Is The Vatican Planning And What Can Israeli Jews Do About It?
For centuries the Vatican has been pushing its "replacement" doctrine which states that the Catholic has replaced Israel as "the New Israel".
The Roman Catholic Church wants Israel to lose sovereign control over the Old City of Jerusalem so that "the promises to the literal descendents of Abraham will be applied to the 'New Jerusalem.'" If Israel controls Jerusalem it is evidence that Rome's claims are not legitimate and that the literal interpretation of Scriptures is correct. There is no place for the restoration of the nation of Israel in its theology. How can the Vatican claim to be "the New Jerusalem" and "rightful heir to the Kingdom of God" if the Jews control Jerusalem? How is the Catholic Church going to convince the world that their version of theology is correct?
The Vatican is going to have everyone believe this "mysterious individual who will "unite the faiths" and appear in Jerusalem which will be under the control of an authority headed by The Vatican. " That deal to have the Vatican come into Israel and take over these properties and to "control and dominate the Old City of Jerusalem" already exists and has been fully documented and reported in the world's media.
The end goal of The Vatican is to seize control of the Old City of Jerusalem out of the clutches of the state of Israel. To that end they have a secret agreement with Israel which obliges Israel to respect the "extraterritorial" claim to their physical presence in the city. In short, "we have accepted the Vatican's rights to have little Vatican sovereign embassies throughout our eternal capital of Jerusalem. That same Vatican has committed itself, in public and in a written agreement, to ensure that the Palestinians have sovereignty in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The public record shows a secret deal has already been conducted behind the backs of the Israeli public whereby the Vatican was promised to take over the Old City. There is ample proof in the public record to prove that a secret deal was done with the Vatican by two Israeli government representatives, Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres. As it was concocted covertly it can't serve the Israeli public- but someone else. Thus these agreements need to be made void and nullified.
It doesn't matter if religious Jews or Israelis think that "Catholic theology" is "strange looking" or extremely "ritualistic." What matters is that all Israelis understand that The Vatican has a secret agenda and it includes stealing the Old City of Jerusalem away from the Jews. That is what you need to know and understand. Unfortunately, this agenda is being carried out in secret and behind your back and that is why you are ignorant of its true aims. The purpose of this essay is to warn you of these exact intentions of The Vatican so that you will be an "informed consumer" when it comes to Israel's relations with the Roman Catholic Church. Even the overt clauses of the Vatican agreement, the exchange of ambassadors and the opening of the Vatican archives to Israeli researchers, have not been fulfilled by The Vatican. From an Israeli perspective, the "Fundamental Agreement Between The Holy See and The State of Israel" has been a complete failure and should be immediately rescinded.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Tevet 19, 5766/January 19,2006
SINCE 1999 THE MOSLEM WAKF has been conducting illegal construction of an underground Mosque on the southern third of the Temple Mount. In the course of this illegal construction the Wakf has been using heavy tractors to excavate the earth. The stated purpose behind the Wakf's actions has been both to "create facts" on the ground, rendering the Mount a "Moslem only" site, and to destroy any archeological evidence of the first and second Holy Temples which stood on the Mount. This is part and parcel of a consistent policy of the Palestinian Authority to deny that the Holy Temple ever existed.
ALTHOUGH MANY HAVE PROTESTED the brazen assault on this holiest of sites, the Israeli government has consistently followed the policy of acquiescence. A young archeologist by the name of Zachi Zweig, however, refused to stand idly by. Working with Dr. Gabriel Barkay, Zachi organized and oversaw the transfer of the debris from where it was dumped, (illegally), in the Kidron Valley to an alternative location, where a crew of volunteers have been painstakingly sifting through the dirt and rubble looking for signs of the past.
THE MOSLEM ATTEMPT TO OBLITERATE any remaining physical evidence of the Holy Temple has actually enabled Zachi and Dr. Barkay to uncover priceless links to the past. It must be kept in mind, however, that the wanton Wakf destruction has severely impaired the ability of archeologists to properly analyze the discoveries, due to the fact that they were removed from their original location. And, of course, the archeologists are not able to study those remnants that were pulverized into dust by the Wakf bulldozers. Yet, despite the adverse conditions, significant discoveries have been made of artifacts from both the first and second Temple era. Bronze coins dating from the Great Revolt against the Roman authority in the year 70 CE. have been uncovered. Other discoveries have followed, including three remarkable remnants we have now posted on our site. Those of us who believe in the historical veracity of the Hebrew Bible do not require archeological evidence to bolster our convictions, just as those that are willing to employ any and all methods in an attempt to pervert, deny, and obliterate the truth certainly won't be moved by a few archeological finds, however startling they may be. Yet these discoveries, as you will see, can bring us tantalizingly close to a period in human history of nearly a thousand years, when the Holy Temple stood on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. To view these new finds, click here.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
It is only a matter of time before the Vatican exercises their evil influences to enforce UN Resolution 181. Will Israel make the most of this grace period, return to God and secure the Jewish homeland or fall prostrate before the Roman EU?
The Vatican's illegitimate claims to Mt. Zion stem from the extorted belief that Jesus' "Last Supper" was held in the Upper Room of the traditional site of King David's Tomb. I am a Christian and trust Jesus held such a meal in Jerusalem, but there is no way to prove it was at such a site and since the bloody Roman Catholic Church states it to be so, I highly doubt it.
Regardless, the allleged "Upper Room" would not be a holy site in light of the New Testament and is never mentioned again after the fact, but the Temple Mount stands alone as "the most holy place." Isn't that what the Vatican is really after? Haven't they coveted the crown of Jerusalem, and its crown jewel - the Temple Mount - since the Crusades? The leopard has not changed its spots!
Some might contend that there isn't sufficient proof that King David (my forefather) is actually buried on Mt. Zion. However, it is a Jewish belief, it is the Jewish homeland, and it isn't necessary for Jews to prove anything to the world, as it is honestly none of their business.
If Israel were wise, they would immediately cut off all negotiations, unequivocally state Jerusalem is not for sale, and threaten any Jew who persists in such an error and grievous sin with expulsion from the Jewish community. It's that serious! Israeli sovereignty is at stake!
Rabbi Avraham Goldstein is leader of the Diaspora Yeshiva (Yeshiva Toras Yisrael) that has been blessed since 1966 to utilize David's Tomb and the building complex on Mt. Zion for religious classes and services. Goldstein is also Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem, and in agreement with all 14 rabbis in the Old City, is convinced that the Vatican's true intent is to ultimately evict the yeshiva and completely empty the complex of Jews.
"Jerusalem is in danger," the rabbi warned his American audience, as reported by The Jewish Voice and Opinion, exposing the disturbing fact that the European Union has joined dark forces with the Palestinian Authority to put undue pressure upon Israel to disengage from half the Holy City and cede the Eastern half to the Muslim Arabs.
How can Israel live with half a heart? Why permit occult designs to forge Jerusalem's future? Why sanction secular politicians to handle such holy issues? Why trust an unholy trinity composed of "Jewish Catholic Knights" (Gary Krupp and David Rosen) and the poisonous Vatican plant (David Bartholdy), Jannes and Jambres and Korah, to have any say in what belongs in the court of the Sanhedrin?
If Israel prostitutes itself and cedes this strategic part of Jerusalem to the Vatican, they will have sold out Jews and Christians, since Christians would have to obtain permission from the Catholic Church to hold services at the site. Why exalt the Roman Catholic Church to such a lofty position? Why fall for the attempt to trump King David at the site or supercede him by towering over his tomb, a Catholic Church over and above his dead body!
As Barry Chamish has duly noted, the German-built Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion (next to the yeshiva) is an exact replica of the German Church that crowned emperors: Charlemagne's Aachen Cathedral. Can't we see what spirit is at work here and what plans are in store? UN Resolution 181 demands Jerusalem become a separate, international city that will amount to a long-held Catholic dream of Jerusalem serving as the capital of their Crusader-Kingdom.
The German-Jesuit powers that be are busy reconstructing Europe into the final revival of the unholy Roman Empire of the German Nation that Daniel foresaw wreaking havoc on the Middle East and Jeremiah foresaw affecting the whole world (all of Jacob, the unprecedented Time of Jacob's Trouble).
What offer could convince the religious authorities to abandon claims to Mt. Zion? Would a trade-off work? Not of empty synagoges in Spain, but how about international guarantees of protection during the construction of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount? What if Israel were offered acceptance of full Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount, complete with the restoration of the sacrificial system and Temple worship?
Wouldn't the religious prefer such freedom of religion over secular Israeli sovereignty that continues to despise the Jewish heritage and dismantle the Jewish homeland? Not that Israel couldn't immediately restore the Temple Mount to Jewish hands without worldly approval or international "peacekeeping" support, and that would be preferable but it's unlikely.
Will the Israeli authorities fall for Europe's BIG LIE of "peace and security" (and religious freedom and independence upon the Temple Mount) and enable them to station troops around Jerusalem in a clever and deceitful perversion of Bamidbar Rabbah 1,3:
If the nations of the world had only known how much they needed the Temple, they would have surrounded it with armed fortresses to protect it.
Doesn't Zechariah warn of such Roman wolves in sheep's clothing? Must Jerusalem suffer a brutal betrayal and rape, with the violent eviction of Jews from half of the Holy City, all of it under brazen Gentile occupation? Doesn't Daniel warn of Europe's imminent wannabe divine emperor (promoted by the pagan pope) who would leave his designated place at Mt. Zion and seize and pollute the Temple with his unclean presence, slaughtering all who got in his way?
"Why will you die O House of Israel?" If only Israel and Judah would return and trust in God, none of this reliance on foreign promises (that will prove to be worthless, once again) would be necessary. At least during Jerusalem's 3 1/2 years of foreign occupation, captive Israel will be reassured by a Davidic messenger in the spirit of Elijah, like an angel of the LORD (Zech. 12:8), that our God will come and save us and cleanse the Temple and liberate Jerusalem.
For Zion's Sake,
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Tel Aviv, 13 Jan. (AKI) - A 1929 accord between the Vatican and Fascist Italy granting 'special status' to several Rome churches could provide a model to resolve the dispute over Israel's control of Jerusalem, a former Israeli ambassador has suggested. Moshe Sasson, Israel's ambassador to Italy from 1973-77, described the Lateran Treaty signed by Benito Mussolini and the Vatican as "a historical precedent that is wonderfully suited to the issue of Jerusalem," in an editorial in Friday's edition of the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz.
Sasson argues that by seeking an arrangement similar to the Lateran Treaty, Israel would prevent the partitioning of Jerusalem while satisfying the followers of the world's main three monotheistic religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism - who all consider the city holy.
The Lateran Treaty ended a dispute which began in 1871 when the then newly- constituted Kingdom of Italy took over Rome after centuries of Papal rule. In 1929 Italy granted a "special status under international guarantee" for five basilicas that belong to the Vatican, but which are situated outside the territory that demarcates the tiny state.
Sasson says Israel could declare unilaterally, by virtue of its sovereignity, that it is granting a special status to the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Sanctuary on the Temple Mount, as well as to other places that are sacred to Judaism as well as those Christians cherish as holy.
Israel could grant "free passage to the holy places regardless of religion, gender or race," to anyone wanting to visit Temple Mount for example. Sasson argues that such a move would be welcomed by the international community ensuring that "Jerusalem would remain whole and not divided; each of the three montheistic religions would be soveriegn over the buildings that are sacred to it, would administer them and would be responsible for what happens inside them," he said.
Sasson admits that such a move would not necessarily win the approval of Arab governments who he says want to maintain the "supposedly 'religious aspect' of the Arab-Israeli conflict."
Still, a compromise solution could be achieved if Israel were to allow Arab governments to establish a small policing force to oversee sacred Islamic sites. This, Sasson argues, would help overcome the present problem whereby Israeli security forces responsible for law and order are seen to impart the "punishment of the other."
While the Lateran Treaty model might offer a solution to the dispute over the custodianship of religious sites, Sasson says Israel has another problem that needs tackling - Jerusalem's very large Arab population, which currently numbers 237,100.
The growth rate of the Arab population is currently double that of the city's Jewish community, a situation which will over the years result in the "capital of Israel" having mostly Arab inhabitants.
To remedy this situation, Sasson urges the Isralei government to implement policies that will "attract Israelis and Jewish immigrants to Jerusalem and to keep its Jewish inhabitants living there and prevent them from abandoning it."
Israel defines Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided capital" a status not recognise by most nations who maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. Palestinians say Arab East Jerusalem should be the capital of their future state.
If Israel truly believed, as they should, that Jerusalem is its "eternal and undivided capital," they would expel the treacherous Arabs from its midst, restore the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, to Jewish hands in preparation for the Third Temple, and permit pilgrims to visit the sites sacred to them in a responsible way.
Instead, Israel is engaged in this danse macabre, letting the German-Jesuit EU lead, and will find they don't only get their toes stepped on, but that the EU jackboot will soon stomp Jerusalem and trample Israel. It's only a matter of time before this grace period is up and the true nature of the EU beast is exposed: the Vatican and their political prostitutes will demand UN Resolution 181 become the rule of law and exalt it to a divine status it doesn't deserve, as if its holy writ when in reality the Israeli Parliament ought to publicly rip it and burn it as an abomination and treason.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Tevet 9, 5766/January 9, 2006
"In the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, and laid siege to it; and they built siegeworks against it round about." (Jeremiah 52:4; II Kings 25:1)
The Tenth of Tevet, (Tuesday, January 10th), is sometimes referred to as the "easiest" of all the fast days which commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple. On a strictly physical level, this is certainly true: The fast of the Tenth lasts only from just before dawn to just after nightfall. Falling out always near the winter solstice, the day is the shortest of all fast days. And being a winter month, a faster doesn't have to contend with intense heat or dehydration. And yet, on a spiritual level, the Tenth of Tevet may well be the most difficult of all fast days to contend with; even more than the Ninth of Av, the most well known and universally observed of all the Temple related fast days. Why is this?
The Tenth of Tevet marks the beginning: the beginning of a three year siege that led to the destruction of the first Holy Temple in 586 BCE by the Babylonians; the beginning of the end. Beginnings contain within their internal character a certain logic, a dynamic process that will lead inexorably to the fulfillment in time of that very beginning. Creation itself has a beginning, and that beginning contains within it every bit of information necessary to fulfill creation's purpose in time. We are each born containing within us the genetic material that will guide and shape us throughout life. Similarly, we are imbued while still in the womb with the knowledge of G-d's truth that will lead us through this earthly journey, inasmuch as we tap into that truth and seek it out, and fill our days and shape our deeds in accordance with the Divine truth. There are a few among us, true Tzaddikim - righteous ones - whose lives are an ever upward trajectory, never marred by error or sin. Yet for that vast majority of us, making errors, and overcoming errors, is part of a day to day struggle to raise ourselves up, to better serve G-d, to better perform His commandments. Each error, each misguided step we take is in itself a new beginning. Left unchecked, this morning's error will necessarily evolve in time into an ever spreading net of mistakes and missed opportunities. At the end of the day, looking back, we see the chain of misdeeds, and feel the pangs of remorse. At the end of our life we might likewise reflect on all that was, and all that was not, and find ourselves immersed in regret. But is the end of the day the time for our tears? Is the end of our final day the hour for regret?
Our sages teach us that even before the creation of our world, G-d created the capacity for teshuva - for repentance. According to the Talmudic expression, G-d "created the cure before the affliction." For G-d knew in His infinite wisdom what we learn from experience, day after day: the world cannot proceed without teshuva. The Divine purpose of creation cannot be fulfilled without the capacity for, and the endeavor to do teshuva - to improve ourselves, to draw ourselves ever closer to the Divine will: to make His will our will.
So what day is more worthy of our tears? The Tenth of Tevet, when the walls of Jerusalem were first laid siege upon, or the Ninth of Av, three years later, when the Holy Temple was destroyed, and its priests and vessels driven into exile? Jeremiah, the quintessential "prophet of doom" forewarned the people of Judea, but they listened not. For thirty one months they resisted mending their ways, until the calamity contained in the initial siege of Jerusalem blossomed into the full fledged disaster of the destruction of the Holy Temple. No doubt the Tenth of Av was a day of great teshuva. Imagine if the Tenth of Tevet had been?
The month of Tevet opens in the bright light of Chanuka. The second day of Tevet is already the eighth day of Chanukah - Zot Chanuka. Eight lights are kindled on this day, and eight lights are revealed. These lights are nothing less than a glimpse into the supernal light of creation - hidden away after Adam Rishon - the first man - ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet a mere eight days later, again, the Tenth of Tevet, we come to a day of profound darkness. Should we write this off as some kind of cruel cosmic joke? Should we end this day with yet another sigh and regret? Or should we internalize that light and call upon it on the day of great darkness. The Tenth of Tevet comes around every year. It is time that we grasp the opportunity it affords us to do teshuva ; to direct our energies toward making the world a suitable haven for the Divine presence; to repair the breach and to return Jerusalem to its rightful glory, as the city in whose midst G-d will dwell.
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Wishing all an "easy" fast: May our mourning be turned into dancing, our sackcloth be replaced with joy,
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After my initial interrogation of six and one half hours, the Thursday before, I reported, as demanded, to the police station Friday morning, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and then Monday morning the fellow who had actually been nice to me, he said his name was Moshe, was ordered to serve me a deportation order. He expected me to sign it and, APPALLED, I purposely dropped the accursed paper from my hands and let it fall to the floor where it belonged! I refused to sign it.
They put me in that dungeon called the Russian Compound, built hundreds of years ago by the Turks, and which has since been toured by Israeli parliament members saying it should be torn down! I was in a cell made for ten and at one time we had twenty one people in it, with mats lying all over the floor and bed bugs crushed on the walls and everyone but me (by the grace of God) had welts on them from their bites!
We had one "bathroom" for all of us in that cell: it was a literal hole in the floor, and the shower pipe (no showerhead) was just over that hole, and a filthy sink, and everyone had to practically beg for toilet paper. I was there for over two weeks before my unjust deportation, after being brought before the Jerusalem magistrate (who refused to release me, being represented by famous Israeli lawyer Naftali Warzberger), and later before Israel's High Court who agreed there was no reason I shouldn't have been set free, that there was no risk of flight, but now they were just going to deport me since my citizenship request was denied.
The Temple Mount Faithful paid for all my legal expenses, recognizing the whole ordeal was politico-religious persecution against all of us, yet the Leftists targeted little ol' me!
Is it a crime to have an abiding love for Israel? To believe what's written in the Law and the Prophets concerning the Temple and our responsibility to construct it? To mourn that it hasn't been done yet? As the Jerusalem Talmud states: "every generation in which the Temple has not been built is as if the Temple were destroyed in it...." Isn't Israel's state emblem a gold menorah in between two gold olive branches?
Must I remain in exile, banished from the Land I love, because my hope, prayer, and dream is for Israel to fulfill what that symbol represents: the Temple and Israel's destiny to become a Light to all nations?
16:35 Jan 09, '06 / 9 Tevet 5766
By Hillel Fendel
The Government of Israel, at the behest of the U.S., has decided to allow some PA political campaigning in eastern Jerusalem - even though the Oslo Accords forbid PA political activity in the city.
How can any "Jewish" government undermine Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem (and therefore throughout all the Holy Land) by permitting sworn enemies to participate in any elections, especially when such Amalekites covet Jerusalem for their capital? With such continued contempt shown to God and His Word, despising our biblical inheritance, no wonder the fascist EU will soon pollute Jerusalem, because clearly foreign ideas and alien ways already rule in too many unclean "Jewish" hearts.
Jews to lose Jerusalem
Sunday, January 08, 2006
12/26/2005 12:06:00 PM
harry at theviewfromhere.net
The following is a reprinting of something I wrote last year for Channukah. It's kind of cheesy, but totally true and was by far one of the most memorable positive experiences I had in the army.
It was a dark, cold and rainy night at a roadblock on the Green Line somewhere between Beersheva and Hebron. My body was warm due to the hermonit (basically a sleeping bag with legs, sleeves and a hood) but my feet were freezing due to the lack of insulation in IDF issued combat boots. It was the middle of the night and traffic at the roadblock was sparse. Maybe two cars every hour if even that. My mind was occupied (no pun intended) with my imminent military discharge just one week away and thoughts of my future wife. It was Channukah, 1998. A car was approaching the roadblock really, really fast. The horrid trance music was getting louder and louder as the car approached. I motioned with my hand for the car to stop and it complied. As soon as the driver rolled down his window, the pungent smell of weed hit me. Not that I would know what that smells like. Although I believe I once saw someone smoking a marijuana cigarette. Anyway, I also noticed the two striking babes sitting in the back. They were smoking hot.
"This isn't the way to Tel Aviv?" the driver mumbled in Hebrew.
"No," I laughed. "This is the way to Hebron. Turn around, drive five kilometers and make a right at Tzomet Shoket."
"Oy va yoy. Are you American?"
"Yes. A very cold and tired American."
"Stay warm American friend. Don't eat the loof. It is very bad."
"Thanks for the advice."
The car drove off as quickly as it approached and my friend Ohad who remained conspicuously quiet throughout the bizarre dialogue said to me, "Harry, do you know who that was?
"No idea, who?"
"He was an actor from the soap opera Ramat Aviv Gimmel."
"Oh, how funny."
I knew of Ramat Aviv Gimmel but never watched it, for Ohad, it was the highlight of his three years in the army. For me, it was just a surreal experience. Little did I know, the night was going to get even more surreal.
About an hour later, another car approached the roadblock with a hanukia (menorah) attached to the top, blasting celebratory Jewish music. It was of course a Chabad mitzvah tank. The Chabadnikim jumped out of their van grabbed us by the hands and danced with us. A real "what the *** is going on here" experience for me. I usually don't dance with strangers but I let myself go for about twenty seconds.
The chabadnik to my left looks at me and says "Harry?"
I answered "yeah" and I looked really puzzled because I was really puzzled. The only chabadnik I knew was still running Shabbos House in Albany, NY. And needless to say, a remote roadblock on the green line is quite far from Albany.
"It's Tzvi!" he exclaimed in English with a huge smile.
"Hmmm," I thought. "Tzvi...Tzvi....Tzvi. Nope. I don't know anyone named Tzvi." "I'm sorry. I don't know who you are.
"Oh, right. You knew me as Mike Skolnick."
Now Mike Skolnick was a name I was familiar with. I knew him from my Jewish youth movement. Nice enough guy, but not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. Boy had he changed. We chitchatted for a couple of minutes, my army friends commented on how I know more people in this country than they did (I always seemed to bump into someone I knew) and the Chabadnikim gave us a tremendous amount of sufganyot (jelly donuts) and sped off.
Believe it or not a couple of hours later another group of Chabadnikim arrived to deliver sufganyot. They asked us if Chabad had come yet. We said no. Selfish of us yes, ...we were serving our country.
The next morning (although I was sound asleep) we still had about 40 donuts left so my unit gave them to the Palestinian workers who came through our roadblock daily.
It was a weird Channukah. One that I'll never forget.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement performed an exciting event on the eighth day of Hanukkah, Monday the 2nd of Tevet 5766 (2nd January 2006). This event occurred in Modi’in the ancient city of the Maccabees, the Old City of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple Mount the hill of the G–d of Israel. It was one of the most important events of the Faithful Movement and an important stage in our historical struggle and campaign for the rebuilding of the Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem the holy location of the first, second and the third Temple.
It is not an accident that we chose these three holy places for our Hanukkah march to the Temple Mount. These places symbolize so much the struggle of the heroic Maccabees 2173 years ago for the liberation of the Temple Mount from the Greek pagan foreign control and the purification of the Temple from this pagan desecration of the Temple after the Hellenistic Greeks located their idol in the midst of the Holy of Holies. This was the focus and the climax of the Maccabees goal when they began their revolt to liberate Jerusalem and the Land of Israel from Greek rule. They knew that only the liberation and purification of the Temple, the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, the capital of the G-d and people of Israel will open the door for the liberation of all parts of the Land of Israel from Greek rule. They could not live with the shameful and painful situation that the Holy House of G-d and His name were so desecrated and was occupied by pagan foreigners. They felt that their heart and soul was in captivity and as long as this terrible situation continued there was no meaning for them to live. They were ready to sacrifice their lives to relocate their Creator and Father, G–d of Israel, in the midst of their lives on the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount Faithful Movement felt the same when they made their Hanukkah march to the Temple Mount. Although the Temple Mount, the heart and the soul of the G-d and the people of Israel were liberated in the g-dly heroic Six Days War in 1967 and it again came under the sovereignty of Israel, the weak leadership of Israel allowed the Arab Muslims to continue their pagan worship on the holy hill of G-d and their desecration of G-d’s Holy Name and the Holy of Holy. The Temple Mount Faithful Movement, like the Maccabees, felt that there was no meaning to their lives as long as this terrible situation continued. We felt the tears of the G–d of Israel in heaven because of what the leaders of His people did. We heard the call of G-d and we immediately answered it. At the same time G–d felt our tears and broken hearts because of this situation. He answered our prayers and call to Him when He anointed and chose us to do our historical g-dly campaign to immediately change this shameful situation and like the Maccabees to reliberate the holy hill of G–d from Arab Islamic pagan presence and worship, to purify it, to rebuild the Temple, to place the G–d of Israel in His Holy House to be a house of prayer and worship for Israel and all the nations exactly as G–d called us to do: “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7).
Like the Maccabees we know that this will open the door for liberation of all parts of the promised land to Abraham and his seed Israel from Arab Islamic presence, violence and desecration and bring to pass all G-d’s end-time prophetic plans exactly as He shared with us through His prophet Isaiah: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for from Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide for many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:2-4).
When we began our exciting event on the eighth day of Hanukkah we knew that our g-dly campaign was to open a new g-dly end-time era in the life of Israel and all the nations exactly as the exciting prophecy of Isaiah. So, it was not an accident that we made it in Hanukkah, the holy day of the Maccabees, we chose to make it on the eighth day of Hanukkah so that we could light all eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah and we would carry with us to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem a lot of g-dly light that would remove the Arab Islamic darkness from the holy hill of G–d and Jerusalem.
Our holy event started on the morning of that day at Modi’in in front of the tombs of the Maccabees by lighting the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah and the torch of the Maccabees which we decided to carry to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. It was an exciting moment and we felt the presence of G–d among us and His love to His faithful children. When Ze’ev Bartov from the leadership of the Faithful Movement read from the book of the Maccabees the historical and g-dly statement and message of Shimon the Maccabe, the son of the High Priest Matityahu who started the revolt against the Greeks: “we did not take the foreign land but the land that G–d gave only us in an eternal covenant thousands of years ago and this holy land of Israel was robbed from us by foreigners and now G–d returned it to us by His miracles and noone in the world has any right to it besides Israel the people of G–d”, we felt the presence of the spirit of Shimon the Maccabe among us stating this g-dly eternal message again with the whole world especially with our Arab Islamic enemies who want to rob again from us the land that G–d gave only to Israel in an eternal covenant. We knew that this eternal message to the entire world cannot be changed because only the word of G–d is eternal and will come to pass.
Gershon Salomon shared his words in front of the tombs of the Maccabees about the g–dly heritage of the Maccabees and said that this heritage is actually more important now than at any time in the past. He called on the people of Israel to awake and to create a leadership of vision, faithful to the G–d of Israel and to His word. He called his people not to miss the great opportunity and privilege that G–d gave to our generation to bring to pass all His prophetic end-time plans with Israel and the world. He called them to be a part of the fulfilment of this G–d ly end-time vision that will open a wonderful age in the life of Israel and the whole world under His Kingdom, values, and morals.
The way from Modi’in to Jerusalem started when the youth ran with the torch of the Maccabees to be carried to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. We made our way to Jerusalem in the same path of the battles of the Maccabees against the Romans through the mountains of Beit Horon. It was an exciting biblical area which inspired all of us.
When we arrived at Jerusalem we demonstrated in the midst of the plaza of the Jaffa Gate in the old city of Jerusalem. We again lit the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah by the torch of the Maccabees. When we swore faithfulness to Jerusalem that will never be divided again and robbed from us we felt the presence of King David and his word among us: “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand inside your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city which is bound firmly together; There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For thrones of judgment were set there, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For my brothers and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within you. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good” (Psalm 122).
Gershon stated in the name of the G–d and the people of Israel that Jerusalem and the holy land of Israel will never fall again or be divided again and we shall sacrifice our lives to avoid it or to allow a foreign so called ‘Palestinian’ state in the midst of Israel, the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, as President Bush, the United Nations, the European Union, our Arab and Islamic enemies and most of the world wish and putting pressure on the weak leadership of Israel to made it happen. He stated in the ears of the people of Israel and the whole world that only the eternal word of G–d and His decision thousands of years ago to give this land, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount only to His people Israel will come to pass.
From Jaffa Gate the Faithful marched through the narrow streets of the old city to the Temple Mount. In front of the holy hill of G–d we again lit the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah from the torch of the Maccabees with the same prayers that the Maccabees prayed when they arrived at the Temple Mount to liberate it. It was an exciting moment and we felt so strongly the presence of G–d among us so close to the Holy of Holies that is today desecrated by the Dome of the Rock as in the time of the Maccabees when the pagan idol of the Greeks desecrated the same most holy place. We swore to give our lives if necessary for the removal of the Arab Islamic enemy and his pagan shrines from the holy Temple Mount, to purify the holy hill of G–d and to immediately rebuild the Temple as G–d so much desires. Gershon called on the government of Israel to immediately fulfill this expectation of the G–d of Israel from His people Israel. He stated that only this act will bring Israel to a situation where all of our enemies will be defeated and instead of pressure which is now upon Israel from the whole world will come love and appreciation to the people of G–d from the entire world. He started that this is a condition for the opening of G–d ‘s end-time era all over the world exactly according to His word through His prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 2:2-4). He called upon the government and the people of Israel not to miss this major privilege that G–d gave to our generation to be the generation of the fulfilment of all of G–d’s end-time prophetic plans. He calls upon all the world to stand with and encourage Israel who was called and chosen by G–d to be His messenger to fulfill all His end-time vision and to stop any pressure that comes from all over the world. He blessed and thanked so much the friends of the Faithful Movement from outside of Israel who participated in this important g–dly event and opened by this the fulfilment of the end-time vision of the prophet Isaiah and Micah that all the nations will flow to Jerusalem to the G–d of Jacob and His holy mountain.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will continue intensively with our g–dly campaign and the G–d of Israel who was with our Forefathers will continue to be with us and we shall continue to serve Him and all His end-time plans with Israel and with the whole world with all our hearts and devotion. G–d will win His end-time battle against all His enemies who want to stop Him and His people Israel on their way in the Holy Land to establish G–d’s end-time Kingdom and His values and morals from Jerusalem to all over the world. In G–d we trust and He will be with us! Everyone is called to give his hand and to stand with and encourage the Faithful Movement in their holy campaign to bring to pass this holy vision in the life of our generation.
Temple Mount Faithful
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Politics Creeping Back Up Into Headlines
18:26 Jan 08, '06 / 8 Tevet 5766
By Hillel Fendel
Knesset Speaker Rivlin says it's time for Likud to quit gov't, while Foreign Minister Shalom says he and the three others should remain for now. Acting PM Olmert faces some political challenges too...
The future of Shimon Peres is also not clear. He left Labor several weeks ago to join Kadima, exclusively because of Ariel Sharon. "I do not believe that it is possible to advance the peace process in the current political situation," Peres said at the time, "other than with a coalition. The only one who can lead this is Ariel Sharon." With Sharon all but out of the picture, Peres is now reportedly considering returning to Labor - although aides close to him denied this. He met with Olmert on Friday.
Of course that bloody vulture Shimon Peres (who came to power over Rabin's dead body) would talk to Ehud Olmert to position himself to return to power. The future of the politicking Shimon Peres is clear: Shimon Peres wants to finish what he has started: the phased destruction of Israel leading to EU occupation of Jerusalem and foreign divisions polluting the Holy Land.
The vulture's German-Jesuit masters have their evil eye on the Temple Mount and have begun their siege against Israeli sovereignty and will soon demand the accursed UN Resolution 181 be enforced with a swift betrayal and swoop to seize the Temple Mount. Watch and weep and save yourselves and your country, O Israel, if it's not too late.
The Kempler Video
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Greetings to one and all, in the name and memory of Herbert W. Armstrong who visited and addressed many leaders of the nations you represent here today. Mr. Armstrong, ambassador for world peace without political portfolio, was a man sent by the Great Creator God (who made all men and determined the boundaries and languages of each nation) to deliver a bittersweet message.
I shall also deliver that bittersweet message, standing before you, facing the nations, dressed in a black t shirt, jeans and sackcloth -- not your typical attire for such important affairs, but these are not normal times and business as usual will soon be history, as you all very much know and express your concern by gathering here in the United States of America to address these issues that threaten all mankind.
The world waits with bated breath to hear the recording of the former tyrant Saddam Hussein and questions whether they will confirm his weapons of mass destruction program and justify President George W. Bush's decision to launch his preemptive attack against belligerent Iraq. Regardless, our American troops have already been dispatched, they have bravely fought and deposed the proud dictator who imagined himself a modern Nebuchadnezzar driven to destroy the Jews, and free elections have now been held in that liberated country - not that democracy alone is the message God has ordained our British-Israelite nations to spread. But I share with you a greater recording that will directly affect each and every one of you, and trouble your nations and bring mankind to the brink of extinction unless that “Strong Unseen Hand from Someplace” intervenes and saves us from ourselves.
From reading Ryan Mauro's book, Death to America: The Unreported Battle of Iraq -- it was impressed upon my mind how mad some Muslims are driven by the jinns of jihad and insanely seek to wreak havoc and destruction upon all the world who rejects their false vision. I gladly testify that not all Muslims share their perverted passion, as is evident in noble men like Sheik Abdul Hadi Palazzi of Rome, Italy.
However, I do solemnly affirm that such spiritual sickness does not only afflict the Muslim world, but that such religious fanaticism is again to rear its ugly head in blood-soaked Europe. Europe's rapid response to jihad will be a new crusade that will slaughter both Arabs and Jews and every Christian who doesn't agree with the Roman Catholic Church!
The Prophet Daniel records some great provocation, an Islamic confederation or network of sorts that is soon to butt heads with Catholic Europe (Daniel 11:40-45), resulting in a blitzkrieg operation that will strike them dead in the Middle East, taking out countries like Egypt and subduing Libya and Ethiopia and undoubtedly overwhelming Iran.
That is good news. Europe -- not America -- will neutralize the Nazi-Muslim threat. However, the bad news is that it will bring out the beast in Europe and only whet their appetite for more blood. Europe will morph into the final revival of the unholy Roman Empire of the German Nation, and demand Jerusalem become an “international city,” as called for by the accursed UN Resolution 181. The Germans and Jesuits have been the major influence behind this strategic move and have their evil eyes on the prize of Jerusalem, especially the coveted Temple Mount.
The whole world has been focusing on Islamic terrorism, as is understandable, but the greatest threat to world peace is the German-dominated European Union! The United States has foolishly been helping to create such a Frankenstein Monster that will brutally betray both the American, British and Jewish peoples. Herbert W. Armstrong warned of this clear and present danger -- as an early warning system -- for years. The weapons of mass destruction that the increasingly fascist EU possess will unleash nuclear terror upon our major cities and rain down death and destruction upon us and those who survive will suffer deportation due to our idolatry and immorality.
These biblical warnings, based upon reliable information obtained from Daniel and the Book of Revelation, are the greatest recording all mankind must hear and heed -- if we're to be spared from WWIII. I'm here to announce this plain truth as a witness and a warning and share it within Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall. What you do with it is between you and your Maker, but I encourage you to take it seriously and choose life and help save your respective nations.
David Ben-Ariel is a Christian-Zionist writer in Ohio and author of Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall. With a focus on the Middle East and Jerusalem, his analytical articles help others improve their understanding of that troubled region. Check out Beyond Babylon.
Friday, January 06, 2006
PM SHARON: RETURN TO TEMPLE MOUNT!
by David Ben-Ariel, July 7, 2004.
Dear PM Ariel Sharon:
As you are very much aware, Lubavitcher rabbis presented to the Court of High Heaven a petition against you, signed, sealed and delivered. You have incensed the Great G-d in the Highest Heaven and His servants with your stench of betrayal, despising your biblical birthright and inheritance and expressing a willingness to transfer Jews for a g-dless peace that will only invite bloody German-Jesuit EU intervention and disaster for British-Israelites and Jews worldwide!
The Master of the Universe empowered you to become prime minister of His Homeland and took you from your ranch in the Negev to help shepherd His People and your brethren and protect them from the many wolves within and without the Holy Land. Instead you have been branded as one who would dismember our Mother (Israel) and dismantle the Temple (Jerusalem and the Temple Mount) by following the blind leadership of President George W. Bush with his road map that seeks to throw away the biblical blueprint for a just and lasting solution for peace in the Middle East!
You were rewarded with your position as leader of Judah, sanctified from the day you set foot upon G-d's Holy Mountain and reminded the whole world of its supreme importance. You were to use your G-d given power and influence as a Chariot/Tank of G-d to roll over and crush the enemies of G-d and Israel fearlessly, like the Warrior-King David fought the battles of the L-RD! You were to strike terror into the wicked heart of Amalek and faithfully destroy every threat to the Land and People of Israel (Zech. 12:6) with G-d as your fiery shield! (Zech. 12:6). Just because you're not religious doesn't mean the Great G-d of the Hebrews can't use you to help fulfill His plans and purpose for Jerusalem and Israel. You should have joined hands with your British-Israelite brethen, and encouraged them to utterly defeat our common terrorist foes! (Zech. 9:13). G-D WOULD HAVE BLESSED YOUR EFFORTS!
You can redeem yourself, save your skin and salvation! How? RETURN TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT THAT EMPOWERED YOU! Clearly stake Israeli sovereignty over it in no uncertain terms, throwing down the wicked Nazi Wakf from Judaism's holiest site, just as the Romans evicted the corrupt Sanhedrin from the noble enclosure!
Make aliyah to Har HaBayit with Gershon Salomon, Chaim Richman, Rav Ariel and other men of G-d and pray for Israel's deliverance and receive it! Only then would the aforementioned rabbis letter be returned to sender, marked null and void. This opportunity of a lifetime is yours for the asking. It's your responsibility. It's your choice!
Shema Ariel Sharon: Choose life and live and prosper!
For Zion's Sake,
David Ben-Ariel is author of "Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall" http://www.pushhamburger.com/david.htm
Thursday, January 05, 2006
By Stan Goodenough
January 4th, 2006
The Roman Catholic Church says the Jewish state cannot be trusted to
exercise control over the city of Jerusalem – ancient and eternal capital of
the people of Israel.
In a statement whose arrogance and contempt he seemingly could not see, the
Vatican’s legal advisor in Israel, David Jaeger, told an international
conference in Haifa Tuesday that Jerusalem was too important a city to leave
in the hands of either “Palestinians” or Jews.
Jaeger’s view was that the status of Jerusalem required the approval of the
international community as a whole.
Ironically the Vatican, which claims to be spiritual home to one billion of
the world’s Christians, rejects the biblical stipulation granting
everlasting possession of ancient Canaan, inclusive of Jerusalem, to the
Since 1947 it has sought to have Jerusalem internationalized, confident that
with Rome’s massive global constituency the pope will be able to exercise
substantial control over the city.
Jaeger is historically on solid ground when he says the Palestinian Arabs
should have no say over Jerusalem. The city has never been an Arab capital
and the “Palestinians” have no historic or national rights to it (or to any
other part of Israel’s biblical homeland).
The Jews, by contrast, have venerated the city as their holiest site for
over 3000 years. Israel is the only nation that has ever had Jerusalem as
its capital. During centuries of exile, Jews everywhere prayed daily to
return to Jerusalem in order to be able to once again worship their God in
Jerusalem is described in the New Testament as the “City of the great King,”
referring to Jesus of Nazareth who also bears the title King of the Jews.
The book of Revelation, foretelling Jesus’ return to Jerusalem, calls Him
the Lion of the Tribe of Judah – i.e. He remains Jewish.
In recent history, it has only been while under Jewish administration that
Jerusalem has flourished and that protected access to all of its holy places
(including Christian and Muslim sites) has been guaranteed.
Between 1949 and 1967, when the Arab kingdom of Jordan occupied the eastern
part of the city, the rights of Jews and Christians to visit their holy
places was restricted, sometimes denied. The Jewish Quarter of the Old City
was left to rot, its synagogues sacked and burned.
Despite this, the Vatican believes it should have a say that could deny the
right of the Jewish people to keep their beloved capital in their hands.
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I'm glad to see Stan Goodenough (a long lost relative - we both descend from Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, as we discovered in his Jerusalem office where I went to meet him and present him with a copy of Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall in 1995) speaking out strongly against the vile Vatican's designs on Jerusalem, and I agree that the Muslims can't be trusted to protect holy sites, and the Catholics can't be trusted, but Israeli rule hasn't guaranteed Christian and Jewish rights to pray or worship upon the Temple Mount as he very wells knows, having been taken into "protective custody" (just like I was once also) for trying to exercise his religious rights upon the Temple Mount.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Vatican also wants Jerusalem?
Vatican envoy: Israel, Palestinians cannot be trusted to safeguard holy sites
Israel cannot be trusted? The Vatican's legal advisor in Israel, David Jaeger, harshly criticized Israel’s policy regarding safeguarding Christian holy sites.
Speaking during an international conference at a Haifa University conference Tuesday, Jaeger said Jerusalem is an important city the fate of which should not be left in the hands of Israel and the Palestinians.
Any solution to the status of Jerusalem needs the approval of the international community, said Jaeger, adding that the Palestinian Authority has also failed in keeping with international conventions on preserving holy sites.
Jaeger said there is a contradiction between agreements signed between Israel and the Vatican on preserving Christian Holy sites and Israeli laws dating from the British mandate in Palestine.
The Israeli government took away the courts' authority to deal with issues related to lands and funds belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, causing legal disputes that have been dragging in courts for years, the Vatican envoy said.
The conference is a unique opportunity to hold academic discussions of issues pertaining to Jerusalem and holy sites, bring together intellectuals and experts from Israel, the territories and the international community.
Dr. Yitzhak Reiter, one of the event's organizers, said: “Our aim is to hold a discussion on the burning issue of Jerusalem – at a time of relative calm – in an attempt to try finding solutions acceptable to all sides. We should remember that the breakthrough that led to the Oslo Accord started with a similar discourse between Israeli and Palestinian intellectuals under international sponsorship."
39. UN Resolution 181: Blueprint of the Beast?
This is the latest salvo from the bloody Roman Catholic Church against Jewish sovereignty over their God-given capital of Jerusalem (interesting coming in this Hebrew month of Tevet that marks the beginning of the siege against Jerusalem by the other Babylonians), and will end with brutal EU occupation of the Holy City, betraying both Arabs and Jews.
UN Resolution 181: Blueprint of the Beast?
David Ben-Ariel , Toledo, USA/Menashe (01.04.06)
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
16:58 Jan 03, '06 / 3 Tevet 5766
By Scott Shiloh
Moslem incitement on the Temple Mount has reached new depths, so to speak, as the chief cleric of the Al-Aksa mosque accuses Israel of building a synagogue under the mosque.
The cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, said at a news conference on Tuesday that Israel was building the synagogue in order to cause the mosque to collapse.
Israel has formally denied the charges, stating categorically that nothing at all was being developed under the mosque, let alone a synagogue.
A key speaker at the conference was Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, who holds the position of “General Mufti for Jerusalem and Palestine” for the Palestinian Authority.
Sabri told Wafa, the news agency for the Palestine Liberation Organization (the PA’s umbrella organization), that “the Israeli authorities have been exploiting the big gates of the western side of Al-Aqsa since 1996 through conducting a series of excavation works which ended with clandestinely erecting a synagogue.”
Another speaker at the news conference was Sheikh Raed Salah, head of Israel’s Islamic movement in the Galilee. Salah recently finished serving jail time after being convicted of providing assistance to a terrorist organization.
Salah threatened that Israel will be faced with war with the entire Moslem world for opening and excavating an underground tunnel parallel to the Western Wall. That tunnel has been opened to tourists since 1996.
Regarding the purported synagogue, Salah said it contained a model of the Temple and was located 27 meters from the Mosque of Omar, located roughly on the site where the Temple once stood.
Sabri said that the construction of the synagogue, which he described as having five rooms, “proves that the Israelis did not find any sign of the Temple. That is why they made up some rooms to vaguely narrate their religious history.”
The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly used attempts to deny the existence the Jewish Temples as a means to bolster their claim that the Jewish people have no legitimate rights to the land of Israel or Jerusalem.
The PA’s denial of the Temple’s existence was raised in the negotiations that took place at Camp David in the summer of 2000, just before the outbreak of the Oslo War. The issue was one of the factors leading to the breakdown of the talks.
Leading Israeli archeologists and Biblical scholars have accused the Moslem Wakf, or religious trust, of deliberately attempting to wipe out the archeological remains of the Temple. Over the past few years, the Wakf has been carrying out large-scale excavations on the Mount, especially beneath the Al-Aksa mosque, in an effort to expand the size of the mosque to accommodate thousands of worshippers.
Much of the earth excavated from that project, which is suspected of containing rich archeological remains dating from the First and Second Temples, has been dumped as garbage at Jerusalem refuse sites.
Enough is enough. It's past time for Israel to reclaim Judaism's holiest site - forget the Wall of Tears designated by a Turk - and worship in the Third Temple with nothing to hide or apologize for to anybody. Let Israel liberate the Temple Mount from its Nazi-Muslim occupation and cleanse it of foreign objects. The House of Prayer for All Peoples can become reality if Israel restores the Temple Mount to their hands and shows a pure heart in doing so.