This is a very good article on how the battle for Jerusalem has just begun. The Palestinians feel that they have won by forcing Israel’s hand and making them remove the metal detectors. But they believe that there is so much more they are willing to do to get the Temple Mount. They are seeking the demise of Israel and want them eradicated not only from the Temple Mount but from the Old City of Jerusalem as well.
PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki explained it best:
“The issue is not metal detectors or cameras, but who is in charge and who has sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Malki went on to explain that the Palestinians do not see the recent conflict as a security issue, but rather as a purely political matter. “The battle over Jerusalem has just begun,” he said, adding that the wave of Palestinian protests over the Israeli security measures had succeeded in “thwarting” Israel’s “conspiracy” to change the historical and legal status quo at the Temple Mount.
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki (pictured above in 2009) said last week in a speech: “The issue is not metal detectors or cameras, but who is in charge and who has sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque… The battle over Jerusalem has just begun.” (Image source: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
We are witnessing a rare moment of truth from the PA foreign minister, in which, ironically, he refutes claims by many in the international community and media to the effect that the recent conflict was sparked by metal detectors and surveillance cameras.
The Palestinian protests that came in response to the security measures indicated that it was more about hating Israel and trying to force it to its knees than about the removal of metal detectors and cameras. During these protests, especially at the entrances to the Temple Mount, Palestinians chanted slogans that included threats to destroy Israel and kill Jews.
“We are marching toward Al-Aqsa (Mosque), and we will sacrifice millions of martyrs,” was one of the chants at the protests, which were led by top Palestinian religious and political leaders. Another chant: “Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, jaish Mohammed sa yaoud” (“Khaybar Khaybar O’ Jews, the army of Mohammed will return”) — a reference to the Battle of Khaybar in the year 628 between Prophet Mohammed and his followers against the Jews living in the oasis of Khaybar. The Jews were forced to surrender after being slaughtered and were thereafter permitted to live in Khaybar on condition that they give half of their produce to Muslims. The protesters also chanted slogans calling on Hamas’s military wing, Ezaddin Al-Qassam, to launch terror attacks against Israel.
For the most part, the foreign journalists covering the protests did not perceive these chants as intimidating or anti-Semitic. The protests were largely reported in a positive sense as peaceful “civil disobedience.” This is precisely the rhetoric, however, that fuels the Palestinian fire to take to the streets and hurl stones and petrol bombs at Israeli police officers and civilians.
The Palestinians are not interested in peace with Israel. They want them gone and they seek the demise of the Jews. Abbas never misses the chance to tell the world that he wants peace. However, if this were true why does he pay the terrorists and their families for killing the Jews? Then when they kill Jews he remains silent. To any person with a brain, it is very clear that Abbas condones this violence and murder and it should not be tolerated by the United Nations.
Israel has bent over backward to make peace with the Palestinians. However, it is impossible to have peace with a people who seek your demise. By removing the metal detectors and cameras Israel is weak in the eyes of the Palestinians. This is just setting the stage for the escalation of more violence between the Palestinians and the Jews. This is a good article and I hope that you share so that other people can see the truth about what is happening on the Temple Mount.