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Jerusalem and Islam
Israel - Middle East
Friday, July 15, 2016
Alf Cengia

Once again that paragon of virtue, the United Nations, has moved to impose its will on the Jewish Temple Mount and Israel. Yes, I deliberately used the word "Jewish." Within the next few days UNESCO will be voting on a draft decision during its 40th annual meeting being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

According to bicom:

The Temple Mount is holy to both Muslims and Jews, yet the resolution refers to it exclusively by the Arabic term Al-Haram Al-Sharif. The Western Wall, the world’s most significant Jewish prayer site is also referred to by the Arabic term Buraq Plaza, while quotation marks pointedly accompany the words "Western Wall plaza.”

This is another UN attempt to appease the Islamic Palestinian leaderships. Again, I deliberately used the word "Islamic." This is because eradicating Jewish history in the area has everything to do with the fundamental nature of Islam.

Islamic leaders have consistently affirmed that Jerusalem and the Temple Mount eternally belong to Islam. It's just that many refuse to pay attention. For example, Chief Islamic Justice of Palestine, Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi has stated that, "Jerusalem is the religious, political and spiritual capital of Palestine - the Jews have no right to it."

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas once declared:

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”

Abbas has also affirmed that: "Anyone who gives up Jerusalem is a traitor and there will be no Palestinian state without the city as its capital."

According to Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar:

"We have liberated Gaza, but have we recognized Israel? Have we given up our lands occupied in 1948? We demand the liberation of the West Bank, and the establishment of a state in the West Bank and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital – but without recognizing [Israel]. This is the key – without recognizing the Israeli enemy on a single inch of land... Our ultimate plan is [to have] Palestine in its entirety. I say this loud and clear so that nobody will accuse me of employing political tactics." (Emphases mine)

If all that wasn't clear enough, one can read a string of statements by Hamas in their own words.

The Temple Mount has always been the center of friction between the Palestinians and Jews. The former consistently deny Jewish historical presence and have even removed or destroyed Jewish artifacts. More recently, the area has witnessed an uptick in violence.

These events prompted Jordan to affirm its intention to install cameras on the Temple Mount. Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh assured Abbas that the exercise was intended to “expose Israeli assaults and violations” on the Temple Mount. However, shortly afterward, the Palestinians protested and Jordan abruptly abandoned the camera project.

Back in 2015 Gatestone Institute predicted why the Palestinians would continue to object to cameras on the mount. The reasons should be obvious to an objective person familiar with the saga. Cameras would have exposed the fact that Palestinian activists have been "smuggling stones, firebombs and pipe bombs into the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the past two years." They would have also shown that Israel hasn't been the culprit.

What drives all this? Islam wants all Israeli territory returned to it, not just Gaza and the so-called "West Bank" occupied land. Andalusia is a good example of the principle that once a land has been occupied by Islam, it is eternally Islamic.

As Soeren Kern wrote in 2012:

Islamists are also stepping up calls for an "Andalusia Spring" to reclaim "occupied" Spain for Islam, in the same way they believe they have the right to reclaim all of present day Israel, which had once been under the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

Note also that Islam divides the world into two spheres: the House of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the House of War (Dar al-harb). While non-Muslims (dhimmis) are permitted to live in regions where Islam is dominant, they do so under sufferance. The House of War (Dar al-harb) must be subjected to perpetual jihad. Holy war is imposed on it by Islamic law.

Daniel Pipes recently observed:

"Israel is an ultimate goal of a group like ISIS, but far more immediate are the Muslim countries. In particular, Saudi Arabia, but also Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan..."

We are currently seeing rumors that ISIS is in Gaza and the Sinai. This doesn't bode well for Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. They'll not be regarded as hard core enough by ISIS militants and will likely be seen as failures. The over-arching goal for ISIS will be to destroy Israel and reclaim the region for the Islamic State.

UNESCO and all other entities imposing themselves upon Israel are bit players in an end-game scenario predicted in the Bible. Whatever self-serving decision UNESCO arrives at regarding the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall will ultimately be proved meaningless.

God is in control. He is the Grand Author of the final outcome.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. Psalm 46:4-5

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:10-11

Read Psalm 47 as well.

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! Psalm 137:5

And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. Zech 12:3

Do we believe God's Word?

I wouldn't want to be the one to get in His way.

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