News Flash from Jerusalem!
Really? You might be thinking. What’s so new about a news flash from Jerusalem, when Jerusalem, itself, is a daily flash point? And you would be right; another media story from this contested city would not be much different than a few thousand gallons of water pouring over Niagara Falls every second. Of course, that’s an exaggeration, but only for dramatic effect. Millions of people have paid good money to watch the spectacular cascade of water over Niagara Falls. Likewise, millions have been mesmerized by the incessant flow of events from the Middle East, from Israel, from Jerusalem, and especially from Temple Mount.
Earlier this week five Knesset Members from two of the more conservative Israeli political parties introduced legislation that calls for freedom of religion throughout Israel (worship and prayer) for all religions, including, of course the Jews. Which is a profound paradox, as you would think that Jewish citizens, of what many people consider and call the Holy Land, have the legal liberty and religious right to worship and pray wherever they choose.
But they don’t.
This bill pertains to every sacred site in Israel, to include the hotly disputed Temple Mount and its current status quo. For those not quite up-to-date, status quo technically means that only Muslims can worship on what is the holiest site in Judaism and ostensibly the third holiest place in Islam. The Jews have restricted access to Temple Mount; but, under no circumstances are they allowed to pray or exhibit any signs, whatsoever, of worship.
Despite the recapture of ALL Jerusalem by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, the Israelis relinquished East Jerusalem, which includes Temple Mount, to Jordanian control. Subsequently, Jordan extended governing authority of East Jerusalem and the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority, but Jordan continues to maintain jurisdiction over Temple Mount. Palestinians are permitted to worship on Temple Mount (Al Aqsa to the Muslims), but not Jews or Christians.
This would be absolutely no different than the United States, for example, conceding jurisdiction of the Statue of Liberty to the British, years after we won our independence from them in the Revolutionary War; then maintained that freedom by defeating England in the War of 1812.
In fact, it was this so-called status quo that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas falsely accused the Jews of violating by reason of Jewish desecration (or intent to desecrate) of a sacred site that Abbas claims, “ Is ours … everything (meaning in all of Israel) is ours. The Jews have no right to desecrate them (holy sites) with their filthy feet and we won’t allow them to.”
It’s crystal clear to anyone who has any objectivity at all and knows what is actually taking place in Israel, that this “filthy feet” reference to the Jews was a disgusting inflammatory caricature of the Jews designed to incite Palestinian violence to protect Al Aqsa from Jewish “desecration,” which is a euphemism for preventing any Jewish presence whatsoever on Temple Mount.
Immediately afterward Palestinians began the “lone wolf” terrorist attacks on Israelis all over Israel, but primarily in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rightfully and accurately refuted Abbas’ blatant lie with factual visual evidence that the Israelis are not defiling the Temple Mount or any other holy site in Israel. That Israel will continue to honor and maintain the “status quo,” of Temple Mount. He has reminded the entire world that Israel is a democracy which will continue to guarantee the freedom of religion to all citizens of Israel, including the non-citizen Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Ironically, however, this democratic religious freedom excludes Jewish worship on Temple Mount.
An Ingenious Piece of Legislation
Which makes the Knesset bill all the more intriguing and controversial; not just for the Arabs but for the Israeli government and particularly for Prime Minister Netanyahu and his staff. This legislative proposal is both legitimate and shrewd, as it seeks to politically or constitutionally affirm the principle of religious freedom in Israel, while dramatically changing the Temple Mount “status quo” that the Israeli government is determined to honor; if, for no other reason than to maintain some semblance of peace with the Palestinians. However, it’s all too evident that it doesn’t much matter what the Israelis do to minimize confrontation with the Palestinians over Temple Mount; the Palestinians always find a way to incite conflict even if it means lying about Israel’s actions and intentions with regard to holy sites in Israel.
At present there is no provision in Israeli law, as such, that actually pledges protection of freedom of worship and freedom of access to holy sites. There is only the aforementioned pragmatic maintenance of the so-called status quo to keep Jews and Christians from any act of worship, especially prayer, on what the Arabs also call Haram al-Sharif—The Noble Sanctuary. Thus, it is the Israeli police that guard Temple Mount and enforce Jordanian restrictions to all non-Muslims to access this holy site whenever they choose and certainly not to worship while on Temple Mount.
If passed, the bill would enhance the existing law of religious freedom in Israel by, “protecting the holy places, (allowing) freedom of worship for all religions with free and fixed access, so that this fundamental right will be defined by law and will result in freedom of worship anywhere and to anyone.” That this exercise of religious freedom is, “…a basic right in a democracy,” as stated in an explanatory note attached to the bill, itself.
Hence, a daunting dilemma if the bill is passed: Can and will the actual exercise of religious freedom based on the inherent democratic liberties for all citizens in Israel supersede the status quo of Jordanian/Palestinian Arabs to restrict such rights just because Israel previously granted jurisdiction of Temple Mount to Jordan? If implemented, the bill would be a stunning reversal of the extremely ill-advised decision by IDF General Moshe Dayan to return Temple Mount to Arab control after defeating several Arab nations in the Six-Day War.
As much as I love Israel and ardently admire the Jewish people, their government, and the IDF, the choice to give East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount back to a people that possessed no territorial or ownership or legacy rights in the first place was the worse decision ever made by Israel.
IDF General Moshe Dayan (left) with Ariel Sharon (former Prime Minister of Israel)
From an American perspective or a Western point of reference, the bill would be akin to an expansion of citizenship privileges, much like the American Bill of Rights. Or similar to a constitutional amendment that seeks to right an inherent wrong, such as American’s 19th Amendment that legalized a woman’s innate right to vote. It would restore the God-given, intrinsic freedom of religious rights for all Jews (and Christians) living in Israel of which they were wrongfully and illegally deprived. All for the sake of a politically correct agenda that attempted to placate Palestinian Arabs (Muslims) into a peaceful co-existence that has proven to be practically non-existent and virtually implausible in the first place.
Once again I repeat what has been said in several prior Eye of Prophecy articles, something that is abundantly apparent to anyone with any sense of what the real problem is between Jews and Arabs. It is not, repeat not, an issue of Israeli settlements or so-called occupation in portions of East Jerusalem or the West Bank. And certainly not in the Gaza Strip since Israel removed all of its citizens in 2005. It is not a matter of a Palestinian State alongside of the already existing— legal and internationally acknowledged—Jewish State of Israel. Most Palestinians do not even want a state of their own, unless it completely replaces the State of Israel. It is not Palestinian deprivation at the hands of Israelis (the majority of Palestinians know they’re better off politically and economically within Israeli jurisdictions); there is no such thing. It is not a territorial dispute over any particular part of Israel, even including the Temple Mount. All of these factors are not reasons; they are excuses for Arabs to vent their hostilities against Jews in Israel.
Rather, it is: Ancient animosity toward and outright Arab hatred of Jews anywhere, but especially in Israel. It is a rigid refusal to acknowledge that Israel even exists or that the Jews have any right to ANY part of the land at all. Which is why when several Arab nations couldn’t defeat Israel in war, they resorted to terrorism or lies or both. The latest lie is that the Jews intend to take over Temple Mount completely and refuse Arabs access, all the while “desecrating” Muslim holy sites. If, however, Israel completely renounced all rights to East Jerusalem or the Temple Mount, it still wouldn’t be enough to appease the Palestinians. They would continue their aggression and not give up their propaganda, BDS, and terrorist tactics until there wasn’t a single Jew left in Israel. An Israel without Jews is their true agenda.
What Will Israel’s Prime Minister Do or Say if the Bill Passes
How would Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu respond to the Palestinians, to Middle East Arabs, and to the watching world? How could he explain the paradox between his vowed protocols of compliance with current Arab imposed status quo restrictions to Jews and Christians on Temple Mount, and a new Israeli law that grants unrestricted and enforced rights of all peoples to worship freely on Temple Mount and all holy sites within Israel? In that regard, Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly extolled the Israeli ideal of democratic freedoms throughout Israel.
Once again using the United States as an example or any free democratic country in the world for that matter: What if Americans were not allowed to even bow their head in silent prayer beneath Abraham Lincoln’s statue in Washington D.C? Or a Parisian forbidden to visit the Eiffel Tower except on Mondays and Thursdays, because only Germans were allowed access during the rest of the week?
Obviously, passage of the bill would provide an endless supply of political and (perhaps) actual ammunition to both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to affirm what they already claim is Israel’s true intention to change the status quo.
With thousands of others, I am an admirer of Prime Minister Netanyahu; however, to predict what he will say or do if his own government passes this legislation would be speculation at best.
But I would like to think he would do the following:
Reaffirm his passionate love for Israel and his people that he has voiced in the past concerning Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. This Holy City of the Holy Land will not be divided politically, religiously, or geographically. Constitutionally, there will no East and West Jerusalem.
That he will staunchly support the Israeli Knesset’s decision to grant and enforce religious freedom to all of Israel, including and especially to Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That this decision is predicated on not just religious, but also political freedom that must take lawful precedence over the current exclusionary and discriminatory practice of allowing people of only one religion (Islam) to worship on Temple Mount.
I would hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu would cite the legitimate and internationally recognized prerogative of a nation to claim or reclaim land won in the bloody sacrifices of a rightful, justified war of self-defense and survival (as opposed to unjustified war of aggression against another nation such as Germany’s attack on Poland and other European nations or Japan’s unprovoked assault against China and the United States in World War II). Thus, because of Israel’s victories in the wars initiated by a coalition of several Arab nations (War of Independence 1948; Suez War 1956; Six-Day War 1967; and the Yom Kippur War 1973, Israel has a fundamentally minimal right for her citizens to live in all of Jerusalem and Israel (if they choose) and certainly to worship on Temple Mount.
Picture of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu
Once again, try to imagine the United States allowing England full administrative control of the eastern half of Washington D.C after victory in the Revolutionary War, or ANY TIME THEREAFTER.
Once Netanyahu reminds the world of national sovereignty and administrative authority extended by virtue of victory in war, particularly over disputed land, he would go back historically even further. He would mention a precedent not available to any democracy or republic on earth, including the United States of America. And certainly not available to Muslim nations, the vast majority of which usurped the land in which they live by aggression and by force. He would defer to the land ownership rights by virtue of national and racial legacy to Israel given by God, himself, to the Jews as a perpetual heritage. Beginning with Abraham, the father of Ishmael, through whom God would also make a great nation, i.e. the Arab nations.
To this day, Moslems still revere Abraham as their ancestral patriarch, but only as Abraham’s heritage applies to Ishmael, not Isaac. Yet the Scriptures are indisputably explicit: Abraham’s son, Isaac, would be the ancestral child of promise, not Ishmael. Thus, the divine deed to Israel belongs to the Jews, not the Arabs. God knows they have enough land as it is in the Middle East.
Listen to the Lord’s renewal of the permanent land covenant that he had earlier made with Abraham:
“I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:7-8).
Subsequently, this covenant would be affirmed with Abraham’s son Isaac, not Ishmael as claimed by Islam. (See Genesis 26:1-6). Later the covenant was again sworn to Isaac’s son, Jacob … eventually passed down through the twelve sons (tribes) of Jacob whose name God changed to Israel. Thus, the land of Israel became a Jewish legacy over 2,500 years before Islam became a religion through its prophet, Muhammad.
As periodically stated in Eye of Prophecy articles and by several others, there is not one single reference to Jerusalem in the Koran; whereas there are hundreds of passages in the Bible naming Jerusalem. How can Muslims possibly explain that away? If they insist that Jerusalem (or any part of Israel) belongs to them and Temple Mount (Al Aqsa) has become their third holiest site, then they best use some other argument than the “holy” text of the Koran. Which leaves them with no contemporarily viable or historically reliable defense at all.
The only other possible (indefensible) arguments are:
Religious or Historical Possession/Occupation: This premise is easily refuted by both Biblical and secular historical accounts and archeology. Israel as a nation with Jerusalem as its capital and Temple Mount the very center of Judaism existed long before Muhammad arbitrarily selected the moon-god Allah and himself as the founder of Islam. Likewise with the Bible, both Old and New Testaments pre-date the Koran by hundreds of years.
Contemporary/Recent Generational Right of Control by Virtue of Population: Also, easily rebutted. Arabs did outnumber Jews in what was previously called Palestine (a name given to the land by a Roman Emperor to replace Israel as the rightful name of the nation) for a few hundred years. Even then, Arabs living in Palestine were subjects of the Ottoman Empire. However, by 1967, Jewish population in Israel easily exceeded the Arab populace. As 2016 begins, the Jews far outnumber the Arab Palestinians. Moreover, there was absolutely no (so-called) Palestinian rule of Israel before the United Nations approved Nation-status to Israel in 1947, then declaration of Israel’s Statehood in 1948. And certainly not since Israel’s return as a sovereign country in the international family of nations.
Until 1967, the so-called West Bank (Judea, Samaria) was controlled by Jordan, the Gaza Strip by Egypt, and the Golan Heights by Syria. As noted, Israel, assumed authority over these territories by virtue of her victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. Subsequently in 1994 (after the Oslo Peace Accord), the Palestinian Authority was established to govern the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with Gaza eventually taken over by the terrorist group Hamas in 2006. For security and strategic reasons, Israel maintains control of the Golan Heights.
So, please, someone explain to me and especially to those who are confused about ownership and occupation rights within Israel and the “disputed territories” of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: On what historical, cultural, racial, or political platform and on whose national or international authority can Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (or any Palestinian) claim that any part of Israel “belongs to them,” let alone Jerusalem and especially Temple Mount?
Obviously I’m being facetious when asking someone to explain this to me … only because I’d like to think that I’ve done my homework (countless hours of study/research of Scripture and history, and keeping abreast of current events in the Middle East). But I’m quite serious about those, including many Americans, who support the Palestinian cause because they really don’t know (or perhaps don’t care to know) the real history of Israel or the rest of the story of why Arabs have become today’s Palestinians. Whereas, just a generation ago if you were referring to a Palestinian, you were talking about a Jew, i.e. Jewish residents of Palestine (now once again rightfully called Israel).
The Legacy of Jerusalem and Temple Mount
Legacy is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: “something received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.”
Getting back to what I think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would say or do if this remarkable “Temple Mount bill” passes as the law of the land.
He would rightfully remind his people (particularly Israelis who prefer not to risk confrontation with Muslims and, therefore, oppose Jews ascending Temple Mount); Christians, especially those who doubt Jewish rights to live and worship anywhere in Israel; the Palestinians and the Arab world; Muslims everywhere, and the whole world—that it was Mount Moriah (Temple Mount) where God tested the love and loyalty of Abraham, by ordering Abraham to sacrifice the child of promise, Isaac. That the Lord rewarded Abraham’s faithfulness by sparing Isaac and graciously providing a ram in his place for the sacrifice.
Accordingly, “Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means: ‘The Lord will provide’). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided’” (Genesis 22:14).
What would be provided? A place where God’s very presence would dwell, and did for hundreds of years. A place where all people could ascend to worship the true and living God, bringing their offerings of praise and sacrifice. A once and for all sacrifice of the Jewish Messiah, himself—for the past, present, and future sins of his chosen people and of all peoples. With this same Messiah returning first to the Mount of Olives, then Temple Mount and Jerusalem to rule and reign forever. To draw all peoples to himself and to his Father, the God of Israel and of the nations.
In short, as a result of Abraham’s obedience, God promised: “And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18).
Then the Prime Minister would call to memory King David’s passionate desire to build a beautiful Temple to God, one that would be permanently located in Jerusalem to replicate but also replace the Tabernacle with an even more glorious place of worship. This temple would demonstrate to all of Israel and the surrounding nations that Jerusalem was God’s chosen city, where he would dwell among his people … a city that God loves above all other cities. Jerusalem would be the Holy Capital of the Holy Land of Israel.
After David captured Jerusalem and began building the City of David, the Bible tell us, “And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him” (II Samuel 5:10).
Then, “And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel” (Verse 12).
The Prime Minister would correctly contend that God’s blessing on and through King David remains to this very day, despite hundreds of years of exile from Israel leading to great persecution of the Jewish people. No less than God’s repeated affirmation of the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob … the land of Israel as a permanent inheritance for the Jews. For these reasons alone, through God’s divine providential purpose, Israel was miraculously reborn as a sovereign nation. She is here to stay.
But there’s more. King David’s dream came true when his son, King Solomon, built the magnificent Temple on Mount Moriah (Temple Mount) long before any Muslim shrines were built on this holy mountain of God. As was the second Temple assembled by the Jewish exiles who returned from Babylon seventy years later … over 1,000 years before the religion of Islam began.
Model of Solomon’s Temple
He would appeal to the United States and the nations of the free world that the blessings promised by God to the Gentiles can only be realized in and accomplished through a strong, stable, and secure Israel who truly wants peace within and without her national boundaries.
He would stir our enthusiasm over the global significance of Temple Mount not only to Jews, not exclusively for Muslims, but for the whole world from God’s prophetic promise through the prophet Isaiah:
“I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord, who serve him and love his name … I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says: I will bring others, too, besides my people Israel” (Isaiah 56: 6-8).
Because of Benjamin Netanyahu’s respect and stated appreciation for the contributions to and support of Israel by (evangelical) Christians, he would bring to mind that Jesus of Nazareth repeated these same words, “My Temple will be a house of prayer…” (Luke 19:46).
He would repeat more words from the prophet Isaiah, scripted in granite on a retaining wall located on First Avenue in New York City, just across from the United Nations General Assembly Building:
“…They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).
In keeping with his plea that the whole earth recognize the past, present, and future right of Jews to possess and pray on Temple Mount, but to also share that privilege with people from many nations, Benjamin would also convey the entire context of this inspiring prophetic passage from Isaiah. A prophecy that is beginning to unfold in our generation:
“In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all—the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.’ For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares…” (Isaiah 2:2-4).
Will it happen? Is it possible? Can the Knesset representing the incredible diversity of Israelis, Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed, Liberal, Secular, Agnostics, (Muslim) Arab-Israelis—some who support a rebuilt Temple or at least freedom of worship on Temple Mount even without a third Temple, and some who don’t—pass this law amidst such dissent, even from their own people?
If passed, will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provide law enforcement support of Jewish access to Temple Mount to pray and worship, perhaps with justifications as proposed in this article? Would he dramatically defend the God-given right of every Jew to every square foot of land in Israel, especially to their most sacred place of Temple Mount? After all, the Prime Minister has unequivocally declared that Jerusalem will not be divided nor any part of this great Jewish city become the capital of a Palestinian State.
And just a few days ago, Benjamin’s reaction to the death of yet another victim of Palestinian “knife terrorism” (dying three weeks after being repeatedly stabbed); this time relating to another Jewish holy site located in Hebron, Israel. Said Prime Minister Netanyahu at the beginning of his cabinet meeting:
“I wish to send my condolences to the family of Genadi Kaufman. Genadi was a gardener at the Tomb of the Patriarchs. He was stabbed in a murderous attack a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, he did not recover … This morning as well, I say to all those who would uproot us from the Tomb of the Patriarchs—except for a few years in the previous century, we have been there for almost 4,000 years and we will stay there forever. You cannot defeat us.”
He is also keenly aware of the potential consequences through adverse reaction of Palestinians should Temple Mount status quo actually be changed … not by Palestinian bogus claims of desecration, but by perfectly legal and legitimate legislation applicable to all of Israel.
But, then, how much more volatile can the situation get? How much more animosity can the Palestinians display than what they’ve shown through murder of Israelis, because the Arabs have been duped by their leaders into thinking that the Jews have already “desecrated” Temple Mount?
The Prime Minister also said in November, 2014—shortly after Rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot four times (he survived and is active again) for the Rabbis’ ardent support of a rebuilt Temple and unimpeded Jewish access to Temple Mount: “It is easy to start a religious fire; it is much more difficult to extinguish it.”
Which as Jewish author Ruchama King Feuerman succinctly commented earlier this year in her article posted in the online Aish.com site: “Whether he is aware of it or not, Netanyahu is in line with mainstream rabbinical Diaspora ideology, which is the way Jews have been functioning since Roman times. A Jew does not ask for too much, a Jew does not grab…”
She then states: “And yet, and yet… Who cannot be pained and outraged to see Jews hounded on their sacred land? Does one need reminding that Judaism’s holiest spot on earth isn’t the Kotel—it’s the Temple Mount! Sometimes I want to cry out: Enough with this humiliating passivity. If we don’t claim this land as ours, it may be lost forever.”
She concludes by saying, “But then the words of our sages return to me, as they must. One isn’t permitted to force the hand of the Messiah. For now, one cannot pray there. Instead I yearn to see our Temple rebuilt, and Jews from the four corners of the earth coming to pray there as a unified people. May we see this speedily in our days.”
My personal response: Well, said Ruchama, extremely well said. However, I strongly believe that Jews should resume praying on Temple Mount now (and forever more).
It’s clear in her article and other writings that she, too, longs for Messiah’s coming. As do I and so many other Jews and Christians. That he will make all things right, straighten all crooked paths, including the path to Temple Mount.
Whether now or when he returns, without the Prince of Peace, Yeshua haMashiach, genuine everlasting peace is impossible anywhere in the world, most certainly in Israel and on Temple Mount.
Things to Ponder
There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever: We are living in the Omega generation, the generation that will see the return of Messiah Jesus. The end time signs are overwhelming in frequency and clarity.
God’s discipline of his special possession, the Jews and Israel, ended after the worst affliction they have ever suffered … the Holocaust. The Lord called them back and they were reborn as a people and as a nation, with their ancient language restored. Gentile domination of Jews and Israel ended in 1967, when Israel reclaimed ultimate authority over all of Israel. All of Israel belongs to them.
So let them walk up the ramp from the Western Wall, touch and kiss the sacred ground, and worship on Temple Mount when they choose.
Listen to the words of the prophet Zechariah, who writes about the last days in which we are living, the days of Israel’s restoration.
“I will strengthen Judah and save Israel; I will restore them because of my compassion. It will be as though I had never rejected them, for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries. The people of Israel will become like mighty warriors, and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine. Their children, too, will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord. When I whistle to them, they will come running, for I have redeemed them. From the few who are left, (from the Holocaust) they will grow as numerous as they were before. Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, they will still remember me in distant lands. They and their children will survive and return again to Israel” (Zechariah 10:6-9).
The chapter concludes with: “By my power, I will make my people strong, and by my authority they will go wherever they wish. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Zechariah 10:12, italics for emphasis).
Do you agree (with God)? Wherever they wish includes Temple Mount!