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Hitting a Wall

Arutz Sheva is reporting that the PA are demanding the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Second Temple and, as such, the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people.

PA negotiator Adnan Husseini, a senior advisor the PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said the PA now accepts the Taba agreement that Arafat turned down six years ago, according to Voice of Israel government radio.

However, he rejected Israeli sovereignty over the Western Wall as well as the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Givat Ze’ev and Ma’aleh Adumim.

Husseini said Thursday night that the Western Wall “is part of Islamic heritage that cannot be given up, and it must be under Muslim control.” He also insisted that the entire Old City belongs to the Muslims.

Abbas earlier had agreed that a land swap would allow Israel to retain sovereignty over the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall in the Old City.

Just for the record, the Western Wall is not part of Islamic heritage. Sure, there have been attempts to rewrite history, with an Islamic cleric recently claiming the Western Wall is where Mohammed tied his donkey noble winged steed before ascending into heaven. But the fact is, Muslims face Mecca when praying (with their backs to Jerusalem) – even those praying on the Temple Mount itself. And Jerusalem is mentioned a staggering zero times in the Quran. In contrast, Jews praying anywhere in the world face towards the Temple Mount, with Jerusalem’s well-being a central theme of our prayers. And I’ll also point out that Jerusalem is mentioned over 650 times in the Torah.

As someone on Fark put it, what’s Arabic for chutzpah?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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