Temple Mount Holocaust Offering

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Pushing another kind of “holocaust offering” just in time for Tisha B’Av, it’s not just about metal detectors. There’s a segment of the Jewish right in Israel wanting to change the status quo at the Temple Mount in response to the recent terror attack. Never mind that it would set the world on fire, even though it is promised that this won’t happen. The idea is that Israel should take advantage of the opportunity represented by the murder of the two Israeli police officers to turn an established and active Islamic holy site into an archaeological theme park under uncontested Israeli sovereignty and open to Jewish prayer. In this article, Yoaz Hendel mocks leftwing and rigtwing governments alike for “doing the same thing, wanting to get home safely” –as if that was not the primary responsibility of a political entity, to secure the peace and  well being of its citizens.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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