The Joint Arab List’s chutzpah

Don’t let the boundless appetite of the Joint Arab List to fix what it sees as a historic wrong fool you into allowing Israel to give up one of the few remaining rights Jews have on the Temple Mount.

By Nadav Shragai, ISRAEL HAYOM 03-11-2020

Here it is, earlier than expected. As the country celebrates Purim, the masks have come off: the Joint Arab List is demanding that when Blue and White forms a government, it put an end to Jews visiting the Temple Mount. Or as the Arab Israeli and Palestinian discourse has referred to these visits for years now: “Visit by settler extremists.”

That is how they refer to Jews who wear kippahs, who comprise the vast majority of the Jews who visit the Temple Mount in recent years.

The Joint Arab List’s appetite and audacity, it seems, knows no bounds. The list is counting its chickens before they’re hatched and is seeking to prevent one of the last remaining things the status quo allows Jews to do on the Temple Mount – visit it. This is only the beginning, but what a symbolic beginning it is.

The fact that the Jewish people have risen up in the Land of Israel is like a bone in their throats, and the fact that 53 years ago, Israel liberated holy Jewish sites – first and foremost the Temple Mount – they see as a major accident of history, but one that can be rectified. This is the reason behind the many attempts in recent years to attack Jews who visit the Mount. This also explains the terminology that the Palestinians and some members of the Joint Arab List use: “To save/liberate and redeem the Temple Mount from the hands of the Jews who sully it by their very presence there.”

Some of the Joint Arab List MKs talk about the “Israeli people,” much like the Palestinians do. They don’t recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people. The idea of tolerating Judaism as a subservient minority religion has been replaced by the idea of “a state of all its citizens,” and often this is only the first step of a much longer-term plan.

The idea of a “state of all its citizens” has a handful of blind followers on the far Left, but we need to hope that Blue and White will now open its eyes and see that the Temple Mount is only the first step and that the flag has been raised to erase the “mistake” of a state for the Jewish people.

Don’t be confused: The state of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, made its biggest, most incomprehensible decision about the Temple Mount, a concession that is unlike anything any other religion in the world has done. It allowed its most holy site to be left in the hands of a competing religion, Islam, and forewent the rights of Jews to pray there, and only allowed them to visit the Mount.

For years, because of domestic Israeli consideration – including a halachic position by rabbis – the Jewish side was mostly prevented for exercising its right to visit. Now, with many rabbis having reversed their opinions, we must not apologize. Jordan has already recognized this, as did the Kerry understandings of 2015, as well as US President Trump’s “deal of the century.”

Throughout history, the religions and nations that conquered Jerusalem destroyed the shrines of their predecessors and made them into their own places of prayer. That is what the Muslims and Christians did to each other as Jerusalem passed from hand to hand.

For 1,900 years, both the Muslims and the Christians also barred Jews from the site holiest to them – the Temple Mount. In contrast, when Israel liberated Jewish holy sites, it adopted a different policy, and left the site under Muslim management and took only a small step toward righting the historic wrong – allowing Jews to visit while denying them the right to pray there.

This is the story of the Temple Mount over the past 50 years, and don’t let the Joint Arab List obfuscate it. “Arise, and go up to Zion.” Come to the Temple Mount. Visit it. Respect the government’s instructions, but make it clear that Jews will never forgo the only right they currently have there: access to their holy sites.

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  1. Has President Rivlin endorsed the Joint List’s participation in the government? His rebuke to Prime Minister Netanyahu seems to indicate he does. From the March 11 issue of Haaretz:

    Arabs Aren’t ‘Second-class Voters,’ President Rivlin Rebukes Netanyahu
    Rivlin joins heated debate that was sparked when a TV presenter slammed culture minister’s comment on Arabs in government and got slammed by Netanyahu

    Noa Landau Mar 11, 2019 1:33 PM

    President Reuven Rivlin said Monday morning that Israeli Arabs were not “second-class voters” and that “there are no first-class citizens” in the country.

    Rivlin made the remarks in a rebuttal to a comment by Prime Minister Benjamin who said that “Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people and them alone.”

    The premier wrote this comment on an Instagram post in which he responded to a statement by Israeli television host Rotem Sela, who slammed Culture Minister Miri Regev for saying in a televised interview that Arab presence in a governing coalition was dangerous.

    Rivlin, who spoke at a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of the peace accord between Israel and Egypt, said that “those who believe in the duty of the State of Israel to be a Jewish and democratic state in the full sense of the word must remember that in the State of Israel there are full equal rights to all of the country’s citizens.”

    Read more: Gal Gadot vs. Bibi: Hollywood star defends TV host Netanyahu criticized for saying Arabs are equal citizens

    Sela wrote on her Instagram, “Rina Matzliach [the journalist who interviewed Regev] stayed silent. And I ask myself why Rina doesn’t ask her in shock – ‘and what’s the problem with Arabs???’ Oh my god, there are also Arab citizens in this country.”

    Netanyahu responded on his own Instagram, “Dear Rotem, an important correction: Israel is not a state of all its citizens.”

    Rivlin’s comments Monday were more aligned with Sela’s message. “When we face the ballot we will all be equal, Jews and Arabs. In the Knesset everyone will be represented, Jews and non-Jews,” he said in a statement that he later tweeted on his official handle in Arabic.

    He also took to Twitter to reinforce the message, writing in Hebrew: “Over the recent period we are exposed to an unacceptable dialog revovling around Israeli Arabs. I refuse to believe that there are parties that have given up on Israel’s image as a democratic and Jewish state.” “

  2. @ adamdalgliesh: I now realize that this comment of mine is flawed, because I had not noticed that Rivlin made these remarks shortly before the April 2019 election, not within the past few days.

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