In 1967 Moshe Dayan shocked much of the Jewish world as well as the Muslim world when he handed the keys to the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf.

He did this on his own, discount without consulting with the Knesset, patient without consulting with then Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol, and without a care as to the sentiments of the Jewish nation.

Moshe Dayan was likewise instrumental in sustaining the continuation of the ban against Jewish prayer on Haram esh-Sharif. This compound was our Har Habayit, our Temple Mount during ancient times.

Since that dark day in 1967, the Muslims have made a concerted effort to claim Jerusalem’s holy sites as Muslim sites albeit lacking theological and historical proof. They completely ignore the history and ancientness of the site.

Their motivation, roused by their objective to de-legitimize the Jewish connection to the land and city is further enabled by the passivity of the Israeli leadership.  The Waqf has systematically engaged in construction atop the Temple Mount and have thrown out valuable antiquities that date back to the Beit Hamikdash, the Jewish Temple.  From the Mosques on Temple Mount, Muslim clerics throughout the years instigate frequent violent rioting against Jewish worshipers below at the Kotel.

All this with nary a sound from the Knesset.

Renowned Israeli archeologist, Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University and the Shalem Center, has labored for years against the Waqf’s wanton destruction of ancient Jewish artifacts with little success. She with a team of archeologists currently sift through the dirt from the Mount deposited as garbage by the Islamic Waqf, and indeed have come up with major finds dating back to the Jewish people at the time of the first temple.

But, some things are just worth fighting for, dammit.

By Zehava Englard – Times of Israel

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