Court’s decision to allow Jewish prayer on Temple Mount is dangerous

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The revolutionary decision of a low court in Jerusalem to essentially allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, overturning 55 years of status quo is the most dangerous ruling of any court in Israel since 1948. Personally, I would be happy, in the reality in which we live in that billions of people all around the world call Israel the Holy Land, if every person, regardless of their faith, could pray anywhere they wanted to, with the only restriction being that their praying does not interfere with or prevent the praying of others. But that is not the world in which we live.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14 KJV

 A SCENE FROM the annual Jerusalem Day Flag March outside Damascus Gate in the Old City, last year. (photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

The so-called status quo since 1967 has been that only Muslims pray on what they call al-Aqsa or Haram a-Sharif and only Jews pray at the Western Wall, the Kotel. Since 1967, Muslims have not tried to pray at the Western Wall, although during some of the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians there have been Palestinian claims that the Western Wall is a Muslim holy site and should be under Muslim control. Jews have repeatedly tried to pray on the Temple Mount and some groups of Jews are actually planning to build a Jewish Temple with an alter for animal sacrifice in place of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The so-called status quo since 1967 has been that only Muslims pray on what they call al-Aqsa or Haram a-Sharif and only Jews pray at the Western Wall, the Kotel. Since 1967, Muslims have not tried to pray at the Western Wall, although during some of the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians there have been Palestinian claims that the Western Wall is a Muslim holy site and should be under Muslim control.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” Daniel 9:27

Jews have repeatedly tried to pray on the Temple Mount and some groups of Jews are actually planning to build a Jewish Temple with an alter for animal sacrifice in place of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

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