Jerusalem in the unholy grip of religious fervor


Thousands of Palestinians pray outside Al-Aqsa Mosque, atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, on the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha last October. (Photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90) prep.BB
Thousands of Palestinians pray outside Al-Aqsa Mosque, atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, on the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha last October. (Photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90) prep.BB
Op-ed: Incendiary ideologues and provocateurs are playing with fire over the Temple Mount, and the city is starting to burn.

By David HorowitzThe Times of Israel

In his ominously titled book, “The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount,” author Gershom Gorenberg quotes a staggering conversation that took place at the Temple Mount immediately after it was captured by Israeli paratroopers on June 7, 1967, while the victorious soldiers still “wandered about the plaza as if they were dreaming.”

The army’s chief rabbi, Shlomo Goren, later Israel’s chief rabbi, came up to Gen. Uzi Narkiss, and said, “Now’s the time to put one hundred kilos of explosives in the Mosque of Omar (the Dome of the Rock), and that’s it, once and for all we’ll be done with it.”

“Rabbi, stop,” Narkiss retorted.

But Goren — whom the author describes as “a man swept away that day, the herald of the Lord” — would not be deterred: “You don’t grasp the immense meaning of this,” the rabbi persisted. “This is an opportunity that can be exploited now, this minute. Tomorrow it will be impossible.”

Said Narkiss: “Rabbi, if you don’t stop now, I’m taking you from here to jail.”

Thwarted, Goren walked silently away.

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