This morning’s Boston Globe has a story about the brouhaha going on in Jerusalem, where Israeli archaeologists and engineers are upsetting Muslims. It goes into great detail about the site, the history, the controversy, and why so many Muslims are so upset. Let me sum up some of the details they cover:
- The Mount has two very prominent Islamic sites, the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque
- The Al Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam
- Muslims are accusing the Jews of trying to damage or destroy it
- Israel captured the Temple Mount in the 1967 War
- Muslims are preparing for “protests” after prayers today
But the story leaves out a few details that some might consider relevant:
- While the Al Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site to Muslims, the Western Wall is all that remains of the first holiest site to Jews.
- The whole Temple Mount is named for the First and Second Temples of the Jews, both destroyed.
- The city of Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran; the site’s “holy” status is based solely on a legend that Mohammed stopped there on the way to his tour of heaven.
- Muslim excavations carried out on the Temple Mount have been singularly successful at removing and erasing all evidence that the site was once occupied by Jews — numerous antiquities and relics have been recovered from the “researchers'” garbage dumps.
So, once again we see the Palestinians using their same old tricks: claiming victimhood while simultaneously engaging in precisely the activity they say they are suffering under.
Meanwhile, we see more “progress” in the “road to peace” between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Palestinians, having made “peace” between their own factions (the “moderate” Fatah, who say “we want to kill all the Jews,” and the “radical” Hamas, who say “we want to kill all the Jews and erase any evidence that they ever existed”), say that now that they’re done killing each other (for now), it’s time for Israel to make another “good faith” concession. This time, they want 80 prisoners currently in Israeli jails to go free.
To most reasonable people, a few questions arise:
In all their history, have the Palestinians EVER made one of these “good faith gestures” they’re always demanding of the Israelis?
Will this “gesture” also involve the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped months ago by a faction of Hamas?
Has Israel EVER gotten any benefit out of making these “good faith gestures?”
Has Hamas given up on their charter-enshrined goal of the utter destruction of the state of Israel?
Has Hamas even hinted that such might be possible?
Once again, there’s a rush by many to “reward” the Palestinians for “working out their differences” and averting a civil war between the bad terrorists of Fatah and the really bad terrorists of Hamas — with the reward taking the form of money.
It is both the law and the policy of the United States that we do not have any truck with terrorist organizations. Period. And until Hamas — currently the dominant party in the Palestinian Authority — stops either being a terrorist group or stops being the major part of the Palestinian government, no nation should have any dealings with them, either.
But that won’t happen. It requires two elements far too often lacking on the world stage — principle and common sense.
(Hat tip, as always, to my oh-so-worthy blogmother)