Saturday, November 2, 2013

Next Israeli Coalition Bomb

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

Another coalition bomb is set to explode in Israel on Monday.

Habayit Hayehudi, also known as the Jewish Home Party, under the leadership of Naftali Bennett, has proposed a law which would permit Jews to pray on top of the Temple Mount. The proposed law will be brought before a committee on Monday.

There is no official law forbidding Jews from praying there, but there is a status quo. And there is always the overriding issue of public safety.

There are Jewish tours of the Mount and periodically people will pray. When a Jew or a group of Jews pray as part of the tour, the police sweep down and arrest the Jews and then ban them from future visits.

The Muslim world scrutinizes every single action Jews take on and near the Temple Mount. There have been riots and protest in far flung Muslim locations stimulated by activities in Jerusalem.

Until now the status quo has controlled the situation. Status quo means 'stay as is' and in the interest of coexistence, everything should probably stay that way.

Obviously the point of the proposal is that Jews should be able to pray anywhere, especially in Jerusalem and especially at such a holy site.

While it is not forbidden by law, for the sake of safety and in the name of wisdom, Bennett should back off and everything should stay as is. 

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