How far will Bibi go?
The Mike Report Opinion: It all comes down to the Temple Mount. Arafat knew this, which is why in the Camp David talks of 2000 he admonished his negotiators to “not budge on this one thing: the Haram (the Temple Mount) is more precious to me than everything else.” In 2010 PA leader Mahmoud Abbas weighed in saying “I say to the leaders of our Arab nation and to its peoples: Jerusalem and its environs are a trust that Allah entrusted to us. Saving it from the settlement monster and the danger of Judaization and confiscation is a personal Islamic commandment incumbent on all of us.”
Israel’s enemies have learned that the most effective weapon against Israel is to co-opt Jewish history. They graft words like diaspora, genocide and holocaust to their own narrative while denying that these words bear any significance to the Jewish experience. This Arab war on history is most universally embraced when it comes to the Temple Mount. Muslim leaders of all stripes and denominations have piled on, denying any Jewish history or connection to Jerusalem and most importantly the Temple Mount.
On January 5th of 2012 The PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein declared “They [Jews] want to say or suggest that this place, the Temple Mount, was once, according to their claim, a Temple. However, in truth, there never was a Temple in any period, nor was there, at any time, any place of worship for the Jews or others at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site .”
The Palestinian leadership have not prepared their people for the prospect of making any compromises for peace. In fact they have escalated the rhetoric to a crescendo and built the essence of the entire conflict on the possession of what they call Al Aqsa. As a result neither Abbas or any other Palestinian leader can endorse an agreement that does not include the Temple Mount (if he wants to live).
Ultimately the negotiations in Washington will revolve around those holy 35 acres at the center of the world. To President Obama and John Kerry the only thing standing between them and beatification will be that one core sticking point, Har Habayit, the Temple Mount. The pressure brought to bear on Prime Minister Netanyahu will be unfathomable.
The Palestinians understand that the Jewish soul and essence is intertwined with and converges on the Temple Mount. Our deed to Israel is stored there. If we abrogate our claim to the Temple Mount by what right do we lay claim to Tel Aviv or Herzliya, Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Shemona or Haifa?
Thus, should Har Habayit (God forbid) ever again fall from our hands it would mark the beginning of the end. Abbas knows this, does Bibi? I pray he does because ultimately to surrender the Temple Mount is to surrender Israel.
Israel begins negotiations with Palestinians. (i24 News)
- Abbas: Arabs Must Save Jerusalem From ‘Settlement Monster’ (israelnationalnews.com)