by Gil Ronen
(IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has added the sites where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Israel are buried -- the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem -- to the list of heritage sites in which the government intends to invest. The decision appears to be the result of last-minute pressure exerted on Netanyahu from nationalists who could not understand why he left out the very important Biblical Jewish holy sites, while including many Christian sites in the heritage list.
This news is also reported on at Netanyahu: West Bank sites added to national heritage list
By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
This is Netanyahu on record, years ago, and nothing changed under his former administration and nothing has changed under his present administration concerning Israel and world Jewry's woeful neglect of the Temple Mount:
Benjamin Netanyahu: "The right of the Jewish people to its holy place - the Temple Mount - cannot be questioned...I believe it is necessary to arrange for Jewish prayer on the site, especially given that we permit freedom of worship to all the religions in Jerusalem...". And his office charged Palestinian officials with "disparaging Jewish holy sites and threatening potential worshippers" (in flagrant violation of Israel's 1967 Law for the Protection of the Holy Places and the Oslo Accords). His deputy director of communications, Michael Freund, responded to the PA mufti's declaration of war (that Jews "...must absolutely forget about having any rights over the Temple Mount...the Western Wall is just a fence belonging to a Muslim holy site") by saying "these statements are repugnant and they betray a contempt for Judaism's most sacred sites and beliefs. They are an affront to history and insulting to Jews everywhere." - Dangerous Ideas?
I've been unjustly deported from Israel for highlighting the plight of the Temple Mount under Nazi-Muslim occupation and know from personal experience what hypocrites Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders are who blather before the world how Israel guarantees "freedom of access" to religious sites. If anybody thinks otherwise, I challenge you to attempt to worship upon the Temple Mount if you're a Christian or a Jew. You'll quickly discover what I testify is the plain truth!
A House of Prayer For All Peoples?
Jewish guards prevent Christians and Jews from exercising their religious right to pray on the Temple Mount? That's right! Only Muslims have unlimited access to Judaism's most holy site. Only the Koran is permitted within. The Tanach (Jewish Scripture, known to much of the world as the "Old Testament") and Christian Scriptures (the New Testament) are forbidden. Yet Israel claims to respect the religious rights of all people.
Israeli police sent on wild-goose chase
The Israeli police knew they didn't have a shred of evidence against me other than some hateful letter filled with false accusations that misled them.
Israel's Unjust Deportation of David Ben-Ariel