Sunday, July 23, 2017

Suspension of Belief

As officially reported, President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday...
“In the name of the Palestinian leadership, I declare the suspension of all contacts with the occupying country on all levels until Israel revokes all its measures against our Palestinian people and Jerusalem, particularly at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and preserve the historic status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque...We also reject the so-called electronic gates because they are a political move hiding under the cover of an imaginary security pretext that aims to control Al-Aqsa Mosque and evade the peace process as well as turn the conflict from a political one to a religious conflict,” he added.

I wish to comment on this bit:

 preserve the historic status quo

and hope you all are astounded at his other claim, of "an imaginary security pretext". 

But first, let us remember Abbas' words on September 16, 2015:

"The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours... and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."

David Weinberg picked up the theme of 'What status quo?' already and my long-time readers well know that I have noted the ludicrousness of that so-called status quo.

Two new mosques have been constructed at the Temple Mount since 1967 and a third is under construction at the site of the Barclay Gate.

The visiting times for non-Muslims have been altered.

The area in which non-Muslims can visit were changed.

And that "historic" qualifier is from 1967.  The previous claims of a status quo actually related to Jewish rights of prayer at the Western Wall!

The status quo at the Patriarchs' Cave in Hebron, that no Jews be permitted not only inside but to ascend higher than the 7th step outside no longer exists.

Abbas expects us to suspend our beliefs as regards history and tradition.


1 comment:

NormanF said...

This while they slaughter Jews.

YM - tell me the murder of a Jewish family in Halamish would be a change in the status quo?

No, from their side it isn't. But any attempt to claim Jewish rights, that would be a change in the status quo.

It never works to the advantage of Jews and somehow, every time we hear about it, it changes to their detriment.

Only in the Middle East, is that termed progress.