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Give Al Aksa to the Ayatollah

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in response to reader comment: I was pointing out the hypocrisy

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 6, 2015 at 03:22

Whether or not a place has a historic Islamic connection, it becomes sacred to the Islamic cause if it is sacred to anyone else. But if Abraham had any connection to Mecca, Jews and Christians must have also deep connection with Mecca. But, ironically, they cannot even enter the city. That was the point.

I understand your point about Jerusalem, Prashant: It is ironic that Jews are restricted on the Temple Mount, but the Muslims have free reign. Concerning Mecca, it is the Muslims, you say, who claim the connection with Abraham. I don't think any Jews seriously believe this connection, so the Jews are not interested in Mecca. Concerning Jerusalem, both sides claim a connection; but the Jewish claim is real, and the Muslim claim is bogus. In that respect, Jerusalem is very different from Mecca.

Meanwhile, most of the confusion about the Temple Mount is brought about by the Jews themselves:

1. Many Jews are irreligious; so they see no compelling need to worship on the Temple Mount

2. Many religious Jews consider the Temple Mount to be so holy, they are reluctant to let Jews worship there. Ironically, they are not appalled by the fact that the Muslims defile the place every day.

3. The Muslims were willing to turn over control of the Mount to the Jews in 1967; but the Jewish leaders were against this.

The Muslims do not have a legitimate claim to the Mount; but at least they all agree that it is theirs and they have a right to worship there. That is why the Muslims control the place.

By rights, the Jews should have two Temples: one where they worship God, and the other where they will never, never let their shadow fall upon it. Al Aksa Mosque, meanwhile, should probably be given to the Ayatollah -- just to tick everyone off.

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