Jerusalem means the Temple Mount, and the Temple Mount
means the Temple site. When the Moslems conquered the Middle
East with Jewish financial and military help, the Caliph
Omar came to receive the keys of Jerusalem from the Christian
monks. The Temple site was then a rubbish heap. He offered
it to the local Jews telling them to clear it and rebuild
the Temple. The Jews refused the offer, saying they cannot
touch the site until the coming of the Messiah.
Omar then arranged for the site to be cleared, but the
Moslems left the site vacant for a Jubilee period of fifty
years, and since the Messiah did not come, the Caliph Abdul
Malik built the present Dome of the Rock to protect the
holiness of the site of Solomon's Temple. The Aqsa Mosque
from which Mohammed is said to have travelled to heaven
is a long distance away.
With the establishment of Israel what should be Jewish
policy to all this?
I believe the Jews should realise that by now they cannot
take over this holy site from the Moslems and re-build a
new temple. Rather, we must ask the Moslems to open the
Dome of the Rock for all believers to become an inter-faith
shrine, for Jews, Christians and Moslems as well as other
people who believe in God.
In return, Jews should offer to regard Jesus and Mohammed
as "missionaries'' of God, together with Adam, Noah,
Abraham and Moses. "Missionary'' means messenger but
a little short of it, in that the connection does not emanate
from God but from mankind.
Can anyone deny that in the name of Jesus 2 billion people
now believe in the Jewish God, and that because of Mohammed
one billion people believe in the Jewish God?
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