(Arutz Sheva - bolding is mine)
Responding to a plan to build a synagogue on Judaism's most sacred site, Sheikh Raad Salah warns that the entire complex is Moslem. Islam was founded 550 years after the Jewish Temple was destroyed.
Sheikh Raad Salah - head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a Hamas supporter, and an outspoken enemy of Israel - warns that Israeli plans to build a synagogue on the Temple Mount could lead to violence and bloodshed. "The day will never come when a Moslem or an Arab will have the right to cede even one foot of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or of Jerusalem," the Sheikh's Al-Aqsa movement announced.
Why is this man allowed to be "Israeli?"
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was the site of the two Jewish Holy Temples, the first of which was built by King Solomon in the year 832 BCE, close to 1,500 years before Islam was founded. For most of the next 1,000 years, Holy Temples stood on the site, until the Romans conquered the entire land and destroyed the Second Temple. Though the area came under the control of the Romans, Byzantines, Moslems, Christians, Turks, British and others over the coming centuries, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were always the focus of Jewish religious and national yearnings and continued to be the Jews' "capital in exile." In the Six Day War of 1967, the modern state of Israel liberated the Temple Mount area, placing all of Jerusalem under Jewish control once again after a hiatus of 1,900 years.
Israel, however, never actualized its sovereignty over the holy Temple Mount site, but rather granted the Moslem Waqf nearly total control. Jews, in fact, have not been allowed to pray there ever since then-Chief IDF Rabbi Shlomo Goren led a prayer service there on the first Tisha B'Av after the liberation.
As Arutz-7 reported nearly two months ago, MK Uri Ariel (National Union) is preparing a plan for the construction of a synagogue on the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount. The plan must be approved by the Jerusalem municipality's planning committee - an unlikely eventuality - and Ariel is set to meet with rabbis and public figures on the issue later this week.
MK Ariel notes that such a building would "rectify a historic injustice," and that every Supreme Court ruling on the issue has recognized the right of every Jew to pray on the Temple Mount.
"The synagogue will not interfere with believing Moslems who wish to pray at the Al-Aksa Mosque," Ariel said. "On the contrary, this is an opportunity for the Moslem world to demonstrate and prove that it is tolerant enough."
The "Moslem world" is not jumping at said opportunity. The announcement by Sheikh Salah's organization states, "We hereby warn aloud about the existence of a Jewish national consensus that is trying to build the Holy Temple at the expense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We warn that similar plans were submitted to Ariel Sharon and Ehud Barak and their publication led to violence, the ramifications of which have not ended to this day."
"The timing of the publication [of this plan] is not coincidental," the Islamic Movement states, "and it jibes with the increased calls for expulsion [of Arabs], the implementation of the policy of religious persecution and national discrimination, and the giving of a green light to the construction of the Third Temple."
I thought they didn't recognize any of the Temples. Hmmmmmm.
"We remind, for the 1,000th time, that the entire Al-Aqsa mosque, including all of its area and alleys above the ground and under it, is exclusive and absolute Moslem property, and no one else has any rights to even one grain of earth in it."
"We remind the Israeli establishment, which stands behind these plans, that the problem of Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem is not just a Palestinian problem, but a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic problem. The day the Al-Aqsa Mosque is harmed, Heaven forbid, all the Arab and Islamic nations will call to prevent this damage. Watch out! Beware of merely the thought of hurting or desecrating the mosque."
Me: I have, for a while, wanted to post on Ariel's idea to build a synagogue on the Mount.
I think the idea is a Chilul HaShem.
Here's why... We, as Jews, believe in the coming of Mashiach. Even the nutty NK-niks believe that there will be Ultimate Redemption. The Mount does not need a synagogue. It needs a Temple. And a Temple, our Temple, will only be built (and rebuilt) when Mashiach comes.
Should Jews be allowed to pray on the Mount? Yes. If the Israeli Government would grow a pair and ensure the safety of the worshippers, then it's a no brainer. It shouldn't be our problem that the State decided to give up the religious, spiritual and historic home of Judaism to our enemies. It is ours whether the Waqf says so or not. It's ours regardless of the UN. It's ours whether the State of Israel says so. It should be the Muslims who have to go through security and have Jewish religious courts watching them with eagle eyes, not the other way around.
If Israel is truly democratic then Jews should be allowed to pray wherever they want, especially our holiest spot. See HERE
ALL Muslim construction on the Mount must be immediately halted. All "addtions" to the Muslim structures must be immediately halted. (See HERE) All Muslim clearing of "rubble" (read: Jewish artifacts) must be immediately halted. Every person leaving the Mount must be searched. Jews must be granted access and allowed to pray without Muslim harassment.
That being said, as for a shul on the Mount, I say no way. The Mount is not political, it is religious. It is Holy and one of a kind. We need to re-earn our right to build on it. It's not some plot of land you can just throw a building on with a head Rabbi, Sisterhood and Kiddush Committee.
This is how we are going to eventually get our "building" on the Mount...
1. Respect the Mount and educate. This should be in the forefront of all Jewish thought. Make the history and right to the Mount mandatory in all Israeli education. It should be a national Religious Jewish symbol for all as much as the Kotel (if not more)
2. Respect Jerusalem. Don't throw your cigarette butts on the ground or litter. It goes without saying that lighting your garbage in the street in protest should be assur. This is the holy city. Treat it that way. Jerusalem should be treated like gold... it's much more precious.
3. Respect your fellow Jew. See him as your brother. Invite the non-religious over for Shabbos and be a Kiddush HaShem. SHOW him or her the proper derech. Let's bring our secular brothers and sisters back to G-d through love and example.
Finally, as you all know, I am dead set against this "Toeva" parade. But I strongly urge all Jews to avoid violence at all costs.
Sit in the middle of the road. Daven. Say Tehillim. Shout. Cry. Wail. Beat your chest. But throwing rocks at policemen or stabbing a marcher? No. We have right on our side. Don't give the world, or other Jews, any reason to see us as fanatic or violent.
Protest, don't riot.
A lot of these marchers will be Jews. Show them that they can change. That Hashem wants them to repent. That they can give up their sin.
Am I saying sit back and let the marchers provoke you? Not at all. Defend Jerusalem's sanctity. Just don't be violent.
Let's bring Klal Yisrael together. Then HaShem will rebuild our Temple.
וְגַנּוֹתִי אֶל הָעִיר הַזֹּאת לְהוֹשִׁיעָהּ"
For I will defend this city to save it"