Visiting the Temple Mount is not about trying to deny the Muslims’ right to pray and worship in the mosque, it is to claim my own right as a Jew to exercise my freedom of travel and religion throughout the land of my ancestors (Photo: Temple Movements)

 

YnetNews By: Shoula Romano Horing

 

Op-ed: If Israel gives up Jews’ right to visit the holy site in an effort to prevent further terrorist attacks, the next battle will be against Jews’ right to visit or pray at all Jewish holy sites such as the Western Wall.

 

If Israel gives up the right of Jews to visit the Temple Mount in an effort to prevent further terrorist attacks, the next battle will be against Jews’ right to visit or pray at all Jewish holy sites such as the Western Wall.

 

Israel must reject any attempt by the Muslim Arabs in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, as well as US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, France, the European Union and the United Nations to diminish the Jewish people’s historical rights to the Temple Mount, including Israel’s sole sovereignty over the site as well the right of any Jew to visit and worship on it.

 

 

I am not an observant Jew, or a settler or any other so-called provocateur, but merely a Jew who still believes in the historical truth that the Temple Mount is still the holiest site of the Jews as it has been for the last 3,000 years, as the place where the two Jewish holy temples stood.

 

For me or any other Jew, visiting the Temple Mount is not about harming the sanctity of the Mosque or trying to deny the Muslims’ right to pray and worship in the Mosque, or attempting to humiliate or provoke the Muslims. It is to claim my own right, as in any democratic country, to exercise my freedom of travel and religion throughout the land of my ancestors and my past.

 

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