Friday, November 09, 2007

My Letter in the Five Towns' Jewish Times

Preserving The Temple Mount

Dear Editor,

Moshe Feiglin writes in his article (“Capital for Sale,” Nov. 2) that “The Jews have betrayed the Temple Mount.” Although his analysis is correct regarding the dangers from the rampant and resurgent Islam we witness, which also seeks to wrest the Temple Mount from Israel, I would suggest that it is not “the Jews” who have betrayed Judaism’s most sacred site. Israel’s government, the Chief Rabbinate, and the judges of the High Courts of Justice ever since 1967 are guilty. They have been negligent; they have been afraid to assert sovereignty; they have permitted the desecration of the site and the destruction of its antiquities.

I, for one, have not been party to these actions, and there are many thousands like me. Over the years, we have demonstrated, we have visited those portions outside the prohibited areas, we have walked around the gates, and we have educated tens of thousands about the Temple, its history, and its future. So much more can be done. I appeal, then, to the many good Jews who read this paper and who do not want to be counted as a “betrayer of the Temple Mount” to get involved. There is much to do.

Yisrael Medad
Secretary, El Har Hashem Society,

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