The Temple Mount is the Key to Peace

August 7, 2013 9:08 am 11 comments

A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Berthold Werner.

The current negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are a struggle close to the heart of many. Hope springs eternal, but questions remain.

Most would agree that President Obama’s insistence and Secretary of State Kerry’s persistence are the primary instigators of the current negotiations. Although the prospects of peace are always tantalizing, the likelihood that peace talks will raise unrealistic hopes and stir long- held tension is a real and present danger.

The proposed Two State Solution is an imposition on Israel’s 65-year peace process, and does not necessarily address the sensitivities of the people and regimes required to actually make and maintain peace. Besides settlements, recognition of Israel, Gaza and other significant issues, the heart and soul of the conflict is reflected in the microcosm of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The complexity of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount appears insurmountable. The bedrock that is Mount Moriah stretches from the south at the base of the Kidron Valley floor to the Temple Mount at the head, on which the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque are built. No amount of coercion can stem the tides of Jewish or Muslim demands for exclusive access to, and possession of, the Temple Mount.

Jews are a self-described “stiffnecked” people, so their dogmatic attitude toward this location is no surprise, especially among the orthodox. Likewise, history demonstrates that many Arabs get extremely worked up each time Jews make a significant approach towards the Temple Mount. Peace between Israel and people living under the Palestinian Authority is therefore dependent on possession and occupation on this monolith.

The prospects of sharing The Rock are difficult because the traditional location associated with the Jewish Temple Holy of Holies is also the Dome of the Rock – a Muslim shrine built in 691 CE. By all accounts, Jewish prayer must always be directed toward the Holy of Holies, the place on Mount Moriah where the Ark of the Covenant is thought to have once been located.

If its location was once at the Dome of the Rock, Jews praying at the Temple Mount’s Western Wall would be required by Orthodox Jewish law to face it – but most face the wall despite the Dome of the Rock being ±15°’s North of the wall.  The practice is easily explained because the precise location for the Holy of Holies is presently unknown and any place on Mount Moriah’s bedrock monolith, which according to Jewish tradition is creation’s Foundation Stone, could ultimately house it.

But there is an authentic and ancient proposition (see: Deception and Glory) offering hope that a Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah can be realized in peace. If religious authorities agree that the new excavation at the recently discovered site in Jerusalem’s City of David is the penultimate location for the Third Temple’s altar, then according to Orthodox Jewish law, a sea-change will have occurred. This site, if true, could shift perspective, tradition, and reality.  The emergence of a peaceful solution from the epicenter of conflict is a characteristic of Jewish thinking and could be persuasive.

In such a scenario, it cannot be overlooked that the economic boost from tourism to the City of David may be sufficiently significant to motivate 70,000 of East Jerusalem’s Jordanian Citizens, previously denied Israeli citizenship, to re-apply to becomes Israelis.

Their efforts to obtain Israeli citizenship or permanent Jordanian/Israeli residency could seriously change the facts on the ground. Such a demographic shift could finally put an end to the madness of division, and also help contribute to a lasting peace between the two sides.

11 Comments

  • What is the process to get this presented to the rabbinate and then agreed upon? And if once agreed on what then?

  • The Temple mount is a cosmic vortex entrusted to Jews. It needs to be controlled by Jews again and the Jews need to do God’s bidding in order for there to be peace. Without the Jews presiding over the Temple Mount there won’t be peace for the Jews, nor peace for the world. Obama and Baal Kerry know this, but for reasons unrelated to the Temple Mount.

  • You vile jews and muslims and christians better reconcile and repent to mother nature.

    Karma is getting each of you fools in a timely fashion.

  • Mixing the Holy with the Profane, bad things usually happen for those doing the mixing.

  • timothy james

    the precise location for the Holy of Holies is 31 degees 46 minutes 43.45 seconds North, 35 degrees 14 minutes 05.87 seconds East, a.k.a. the Dome of the Jinn, Spirits, or Dome of the Tablets.

  • Temple Mount is a Vortex of metaphysical energy on Earth given to the patriarchs of the Jewish Nation for safekeeping over 3000 years ago by Ribonah Shel Olam, the Holy ONE. But Because the Israeli nation failed to reclaim and ‘liberate’ this Holiest Place in ’67 when Israeli forces liberated Jerusalem after 2000 years, the results are obvious; the cancer of radical Islam has metastasized into a worldwide threat and the Jewish Nation is at greater peril than at any time in it’s history. Israel and the entire world are racing towards destruction closer every day.
    The ‘alien fire’ of el Aqsa must be removed and the Holy Mount returned to the keepers of the Covenant. Only this will bring back the Blessing of Hashem.
    Consider this well.

  • The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim’s Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth. Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares. Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam’s holiest book, Koran? The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. These are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. Unless…The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.

  • Jerusalem Opinion

    The peace talks will be long, and perhaps inconclusive. But one issue is very interesting. Check out this paper on the impact of international peacekeeping forces in the region http://www.friendsofisraelinitiative.org/uploads/papers/pdf/FOI_Paper13bis.pdf

  • Throughout Israel’s storied history as recorded in the Jewish Old Testament, the two structures originally built for the Divine Presence were both constructed not on sites chosen by any tribal or other leader but rather by the Lord Himself. This included the Tabernacle at Shiloh and Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. See for example Duet. 12:14-18, I Kings 11:13, and 2 Chron. 7:12. Moreover, from a review of 1 Chronicles 21:15-30 and chapter 22 it is clear that it was the Lord Himself who chose Mount Moriah -the site of today’s Temple Mount for Himself. Hence, the 3rd Temple cannot be built anywhere else but here.

  • Nahum Schnitzer

    The suggestion that the Temple stood in any other place than where the Dome of the Rock now stands (more or less) flies in the face of scholarly opinion as well as Jewish and Muslim traditions.
    Moreover, Arab extremists are no more accepting of Jewish connections to the City of David than they are of prayer on the Temple Mount.
    The problem of rebuilding the Temple on its proper site is not an issue of politics, real estate or practicality. The primary issue is that most Jews (including observant Jews), as well as the State of Israel, are not ready for G-d’s presence to be felt in this world. If we were enthusiastic about restoring our Temple, the Arabs would offer to join our efforts!Ultimately, G-d’s House is a spiritual home for all nations.
    In the meantime, an arrangement allowing for Jewish prayer must be reached and the State of Israel must stop be the enforcers for the Muslim Waqf.

    • The great Jewish luminary Maimmodes wrote that until his time (12th century) there were no buildings as ever having been constructed on the Temple Mount.

      Surely he must have been mistaken as both the Dome of the Rock was both present and standing there as well as the Al Aqsa Mosque (not to mention earlier both Helena’s Church of the Holy Wisdom and later Justinian’s Nea church in the 4th and 6th century respectively had been built up there as well.

      Unless he was not referring to the what has become the traditional view, but rather a different location (City of David)for where the temple(s) were originally built.

      Tradition is not usually built on the truth, so pointing to Jewish and Muslim tradition is a miss step. It might be a better idea to re-study the writings of Maimmodes, and other Jewish Rabbis of that time and see if they reconcile or not with the traditional view.

      ken klein

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