"Give Abbas the Temple Mount" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 02.09.10 | 19:09 (IDT)

    The Temple Mount is the most sought after piece of real estate on the planet. To give it to the youngest nation on the planet just doesn't seem to make sense. However, the Jews, as represented by the Jewish State (the State of Israel) are also short-sighted if they think that they should monopolize ownership. If the Jews replace their current persecution complex with a more positive attitude, they would realize that in the millenium following the destruction of the Second Temple the Western and Middle-eastern worlds generally accepted the Jewish Torah's ideals and its concept of God. The western and middle-eastern worlds developed replacement theologies and created nations and cultures based largely upon originally Jewish ideas. The universal component of the Jewish mission has, in a major sense, been achieved. The Jews have recently corrected their severe national, physical and material deficiencies. So they now have the ability to negotiate with the Christian and Moslem World (Europe, the Middle East and the Americas) on the exact terms of shared sovereignty in Jerusalem so that all of the religions, cultures, nations and societies that derived from Jewish ideas and values may share the Mount and pray to our common God. As Isaiah states and as we repeat many times this High Holy Day season, "And I will bring them to My holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer...because my house will be called a House of Prayer for ALL OF THE NATIONS". Such a generous approach by Israel, replacing its steadfastness that contributes to world conflict, will earn Israel great respect in place of its current reputation for selfishness, stubborness and arrogance. Such an approach would result in a huge Kiddush Hashem and be a big step toward world peace. Israel would become a true "Light unto the Nations" and thus fulfill the main religious/national duty for which the Jewish people were chosen in the first place. And Jerusalem would then become the Ir Shalem -- the City of Peace - that it was meant to be.

    from the article: Abbas has the will, and the way
    First published 02:58 02.09.10 | Last updated 02:58 02.09.10
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