On Temple Denial And Jewish Sovereignty

One of the things that has struck me in the past week of insanity is the level of self-deception permeating Palestinian society. That’s not to say I didn’t know about the Palestinian narrative that denies any Jewish connection to our indigenous land of Israel. But because I am a natural optimist and very much want to believe that peace would be possible under certain circumstances (no matter how unlikely) I didn’t let myself fully digest just how pervasive Palestinian rejectionism is.

But watching Palestinians riot over metal detectors at the Temple Mount and claim that there was never a Temple there at all, the only thing I could think of was this:

It isn’t just that Palestinians are willing to reject all archeological evidence of the Temple and reject all the Islamic sources that take it as an undisputed fact that the Temple was there. But the very name for Jerusalem in Arabic is مدينة بيت المقدس / Bayt al-Maqdis or The City of the Beit HaMikdash, of the Temple! Al Quds is shorthand for the Arabic word for the Beit HaMikdash and yet they continue to deny its historicity!

The Palestinians are denying the Temple’s existence in the city that they daily call the City of the Temple! This is would be like white people from Delaware insisting there were never any Delaware Indians who lived there.

If people are able to accept and promote such a ridiculously absurd rejection of reality, what chance does anyone have of getting them to compromise on anything?

There is a famous quote attributed to Johnathan Swift that says:

“You cannot reason people out of positions they didn’t reason themselves into.”

And therein lies our problem. We work so hard at grounding our arguments in facts and history but at the end of the day none of that really matters. If someone truly believes that Jews murder babies to put their blood in matzah, you’re not going to change their mind by pointing out that both murder and eating blood are against Jewish law. Similarly, if the Palestinians truly believe that no Temple existed & “Al Aqsa is in danger,” no amount of evidence will convince them otherwise.

It is time we stopped acting guilty, trying so hard to explain away absurd arguments as though they were legitimate points of discussion. The Jews have come home to be sovereign in our own land once more and if we continue to act guilty by legitimizing these arguments, caving in to pressure from terrorists and preventing Jews from praying at our holiest site, no one is ever going to take us seriously, let alone make peace with us.

10 thoughts on “On Temple Denial And Jewish Sovereignty”

  1. Jews don’t have as much respect for their Temple Mount as the Arabs do… if they did, the metal detectors would still be there.

    When nearly 80% of Israelis call Netanyahu’s decision a “surrender” and the rest of the world still hates Israel, every one knows what a disaster it was.

    His new promise to have policemen wand Arabs enrages the Arabs even more and its even more intrusive than the metal detectors he swiftly took down last night. Plus, it makes every policeman a sitting duck for Arab terrorists.

    The PM is in that proverbial between a hard place and a rock fix because of his inept management of the situation and his belief appeasing the Arabs would bolster his standing at home. Its united every one against him.

    Being a Jewish dhimmi state was not why Israel was founded in the first place.

    1. Norman_In_New_York

      That is why this needs to be an issue in the next election. When those in power feel the heat from voters, backbones will stiffen.

    2. ahad_ha_amoratsim

      On the one hand, you are right. On the other hand, how would you have gotten the wounded ambassador back when Jordan was keeping him as a hostage to this issue?

  2. They’re right that Al Aqsa is in danger. Maybe not in the immediate future, but the Arabs understand (much better than the Jews) that a Third Temple will eventually be built on the spot they deny the first two ever stood.

    1. Michael Davison

      Then the building that would be “in danger” is the Dome of the Rock, not the al-Aqsa mosque. No reputable archeologist claims that al-Aqsa was built over the ruins of the first and second Temples.

      Hint: the building with the golden dome is NOT al-Aqsa mosque, it’s the Dome of the Rock. It would be almost comical to see how many Muslims don’t know the difference, and can’t identify their “third holiest place in Islam”.

      1. I know the difference between the two buildings, having been inside both of them several times (years ago). My comment was referring more generally to the whole Temple Mount platform.

        1. Michael Davison

          Whether you personally know the difference or not is immaterial, since the majority of Muslims apparently don’t know the difference. Virtually all Arab media will post a picture of the Dome of the Rock and call it al-Aqsa in the caption.

          From the beginning, Islam either appropriated the structures of other religions or built over their ruins to affirm the “superiority” of Islam over all others. The al-Aqsa mosque, for instance, had previously been the Byzantine church St. Mary’s of Justinian, while the Dome of the Rock was built over the ruins of the first and second Jewish Temples.

          At any rate, the entire Muslim claim to Jerusalem is fraudulent, based as it is on the tale of a dream of travel to “the farthest mosque” at a time when the farthest mosque from Mecca was still in the Arabian Peninsula. The naming of al-Aqsa in Jerusalem was an attempt at a power play to tale the Caliphate out of the hands of the Rashidun Caliphate in Mecca and replace it with an Umayyad Caliphate based in Jerusalem.

          Expecting people to believe that in this dream represented in the Qur’an, Mohammed flew through not only space but time (since the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem didn’t exist, even as a small prayer shrine until 50 years after Mohammed’s death and the Dome of the Rock was built even later) is something not even Kafka could come up with.

  3. ahad_ha_amoratsim

    I wondered where that quote came from. Thank you for saying it over b’shem omro. In the words of the anonymous tana (there’s irony for you), you have brought teshua to the olam.

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