Arab parliament member denies Jewish claim to Temple Mount, sparking Israeli outrage

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A Palestinian youth is silhouetted as he holds a toy gun and a Quran during a protest after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2015. A few dozen Palestinians protested on Friday, a day after an altercation between Jewish settlers and Palestinians took place at the compound. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian youth is silhouetted as he holds a toy gun and a Quran during a protest after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2015. A few dozen Palestinians protested on Friday, a day after an altercation between Jewish settlers and Palestinians took place at the compound. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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JERUSALEM (RNS) The remarks by Parliament member Masud Ganaim of the Joint (Arab) List political party came a day after clashes between masked Muslim rioters and Israeli police marred the holy Jewish fast day of Tisha B'Av.

  • Bernardo

    Based on the flaws and frauds in the history and theology of both religions, neither religion has any historic claims to the area. Tear the whole complex down and make it into an international park. And add Christianity to the no claims list.

  • Garson Abuita

    It is historically indisputable that the Batei HaMikdash stood on the Temple Mount. This has nothing to do with theology or the Bible.

  • Larry

    Historical precedent has never been a useful argument for present ownership. It doesn’t work in Manhattan, East Jerusalem or the Senkaku Islands. Nobody gets up and leaves a possession because there is a prior historical claim to it.

    The people in possession of the site are currently Palestinian Muslims. They built on top of what was based on all available data, the Temple Mount.

    They still have it and they want to keep it. That means there are only 2 options available:

    1) Take it by force or
    2) Play nice and negotiate for further access

    We are past the ability for #1 to be done without causing a PR firestorm which would negate any possible benefit of possession of the territory.

    So we are left with #2. Israel and Palestine have to work out in a friendly manner how to handle access to the site.

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  • Fran

    God’s kingdom has been established in the heavens, with Christ Jesus as its ruling King.

    As Hebrews 12:2 brings out, Jesus has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Verse 22 says: “No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering.”

    A third temple is not required in Jerusalem, as the established “kingdom of the heavens” (Matt. 4:17) is what will bless all nations on earth, as promised from God to Abraham (Genesis 18:18).

    This will be accomplished through the son of God, Messiah and King, Jesus (Isaiah 11:1-9; Hebrews 9:23-28), and his upcoming millennial rule.

  • Larry

    “Can you invade Mecca and claim that to be you your own after a few hundred years?”

    That worked for the Ottoman Empire.

    The only reason the British didn’t try to keep it for their own after World War I like most of the Middle East is that they didn’t discover oil there until 1938.

  • Practical concerns going back for centuries have shown that these kinds of claims of past ownership are utterly useless. Under no circumstances, not even with private property, do people feel compelled to leave land because someone has a historical claim to it If you are not on it and using it, its not yours anymore.

    This means you are left with either committing ethnic cleansing to get it back, or negotiate nicely for access. There are no other choices here.

    We are not giving back Manhattan to Native Americans, The French are not getting Canada back. The Israelis are going to have to play nice with the Palestinians for access to the Temple mount.

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  • Carm

    What a nerve you have to suggest this.

  • Carm

    Absolutely.

  • Bernardo

    Earth belongs to the non-biblical Adam who ventured our of Africa some 60,000-70,000 years ago. And being descendants of said Adam, Earth belongs to all of us.

    As per National Geographic’s Genographic project:
    https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

    ” DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who about 60,000 years ago began a remarkable journey. Follow the journey from them to you as written in your genes”.

    “Adam” is the common male ancestor of every living man. He lived in Africa some 60,000 years ago, which means that all humans lived in Africa at least at that time.

    Unlike his Biblical namesake, this Adam was not the only man alive in his era. Rather, he is unique because his descendants are the only ones to survive.

    It is important to note that Adam does not literally represent the first human. He is the coalescence point of all the genetic diversity.”

  • Bernardo

    Make that “who ventured out of Africa”.

  • Carm

    And you also have a nerve to suggest, or even consider, this. What right do you have? Have you even thought about what offence a suggestion like this will have on those who regard this Site as a holy one and is precious to them?

  • Bernardo

    Abraham is a myth making Genesis historically nil along with the other cited OT passages.

    Matthew 4:17New International Version (NIV)

    17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.

    What does this passage have to do with historical claims to land?

    And thousands of angels? Give us a break!!