Renewed efforts to destroy Masjid Al-Aqsa and build Third Temple
In what is a clear indication of the real and absolute threat faced by the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Saturday ran an opinion piece detailing how a group of right-wing Rabbis—part of the Temple Mount movement—recently met to discuss a scheme to replace the mosque with the Third Jewish Temple.
The newspaper also published a photograph of several rabbis and engineers studying a map of the mosque to accompany the Hebrew article by Professor Ronnie Ellenblum entitled “Bells are ringing for the ultra-Orthodox and Secular”.
One of those appearing in the picture is Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, president of the Temple Institute, a fanatical group of Zionist Jews that wishes to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the Third Temple.
Another individual identified in the picture is Rabbi Yehuda Etzion who is accused of being responsible for the Hebron University massacre which left 15 students dead or wounded.
Etzion was also responsible for three assassination attempts against elected mayors in the West Bank, one of which injured the then Mayor of Nablus Bassam Shakaa who was left permanently disabled.
“The threat facing Masjid Al-Aqsa is real, absolute and happening. Let’s wake up to reality. There are groups working tirelessly, night and day, to destroy the site and rebuild the Third Temple in its stead,” said Shamiul Joarder, head of Public Affairs at FOA.
The call for the destruction of Masjid Al-Aqsa and building of a Jewish temple in its place was once a minority and isolated view in Israel; it has, however, now become a mainstream view.
Miri Regez, a member of Israel’s parliament and part of Netanyahu’s government, has openly said that the parliament is to issue a series of laws to establish Jewish sovereignty over the site.
Israeli television last week quoted Regev saying that consecration of Jewish sovereignty in Al-Aqsa Mosque is the most important embodiment of the political, religious and cultural sovereignty of “the Jewish people on their land”. This view is growing in popularity and supported by several Israeli politicians.
“In spite of Israel assuring Jordan—which oversees the site—that no steps would be taken to change the status quo in relation to Al-Aqsa, there are Zionist organisations working within Israel, at both the government and public levels, to destroy Al-Aqsa,” said Joarder.