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The Issue of the Temple Mount Persists.

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Feb 21, 2021 at 18:30

The Issue of the Temple Mount Persists.

In multiple times in the lifetime of this observer, the issue of the Temple Mount surfaces; and yet again, an 'official' in the 'Palestinian Authority' tries asserting again the Islamic influences leading to the current status of who controls the Temple Mount:

[The Palestinian Authority Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, on Tuesday warned of attempts by Jewish groups to establish a presence on the Temple Mount.]

In his position, being an adherent of the tomes of Islam in alhadiths and of course, the Quran, requires submission to a narrative that has been a basis of being Muslim going back hundreds of years and involving keeping the traditions alive. If they do not, what do they have?

But as may be inferred by Dr. Pipes' article, which of the various factions that appear to have priority claims, can establish being the custodian of the location in the middle of Jerusalem's environs, the contentions of which mounted significantly after the Ottomans (Turkish claim) lost control.

As much as any of Dr. Pipes' contenders would vehemently oppose any non-Muslim influences having any jurisdiction over the location (leading to attempts of disqualifications), deeper history, even that of early Islam, seems to support a differing perspective none will observe.

The more compelling observance of limited Islamic influences is in the Quranic preposition; it (the former temple site) was conquered. This infers that it was not Islamic in the first place; the earlier replacements being Roman temples to Jupiter and other pagan deities.

Yet even prior to that, due to issues of religious disobedience, the original influences, distinctively Jewish in nature despite the interferences of Egyptian, Seleucid and Idumean influences, the rubble of the archeology all try to hide screams of the former times.

In actuality, Dr. Pipes article speaks to a more compelling aspect to the future of the Temple Mount; of the contemplated battles to wrest control, even temporarily, from the current status, to the future situation of whose capital Jerusalem really is; that future is already written.

In that time, Islam will need to redefine their interests based upon how they could not hold on to the location when the pre-'Palestinian' Arabic influences (Syrian, Egyptian, Jordanian) were unable to re-establish their control in the face of Israeli assertions of a Jewish homeland.

That was over seventy years ago; the sequencing of the 1967 and 1973 wars, and the various intifadas, has yet to wrangle that foothold free; and for good reason. Those interferences in the attempts (now being led by Iran's (non-Arabic) Islamic Regime are merely precursors.

Whether al-Aqsa (Haram-al-Sharif, or (?)) continue to remain in the immediate future, expect company in the form of a future Temple. Forcing the contention of the Iranian Islamic Regime's intentions on Israel will lead to the inevitable conclusion nobody seems prepared for, for now.

Everyone, not just anybody, but everybody (faux Christianity, the EU, United Nations, ICC, Iranians proxies, et al) will have their chance to overrule the Jebusite legacy and stake some kind of claim as to whom is dedicated the establishment clause of the future of Jerusalem.

Clue; thinking Abrahamic (beyond the Accords) is a good place to start. Based upon the current candidates for the dubious honors, it should not be long before time stops at the right moment and the promise becomes obvious.

Submitting....

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