by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
The Israeli police face an impossible job of trying to balance competing religious demands in Jerusalem while trying to keep the peace and status quo. That is, of course, the main job of police everywhere…to keep things orderly and peaceful.
One would hope the goal of Israeli police would be to facilitate Israeli sovereignty and allow Jewish practice. If so, one’s hope would be misplaced.
Today the Israeli police closed the Temple Mount, Har HaBayit, and Al Aqsa to Jewish visitation (actually to all visitation except for Muslim worshippers). On Tisha B’Av, in a modern State of Israel, Jews can’t visit the Temple Mount.
As a Jew living in Israel, I find that outrageous and upsetting. That’s not an indictment of the Israeli police, their job is to do whatever it takes to “keep the peace”. And if that means stopping Jews from visiting Har HaBayit because Muslims might take advantage of the day to “start up”, or Jewish provocateurs may do the same, then the police will shut it down. Because their goal is not to allow or facilitate anything, it’s to keep the peace – regardless of the sensibilities they may stomp on to do so.
That sucks. But it’s not the police’s fault, it’s the politicians. If we expect Jewish rights to be strengthened, we must push the Israeli politicians to do so.
For we will either state and push our claim…or lose it. And since our claim to the Temple Mount is the same as our claim to Israel itself, losing it is a really bad idea.
(If one pays attention to the British news, they’ll already see exactly this attitude: that Jews have NO RIGHT to ANY of the Land of Israel, and have stolen it from the poor disenfranchised Palestinians.)