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By Khalid Amayreh
in Occupied East
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 17, 2014
Binyamin Netanyahu's half-hearted undertaking to "maintain the status
quo" at Jerusalemís al Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary ought to be
taken with more than a grain of salt. Netanyahu is notorious for his
mendacity, dishonesty and deceit. His words are worth nothing.
This is not to say though that the Palestinians ought to reject any
genuine effort to calm the situation in Jerusalem and the rest of occupied
Palestine. We Palestinians are not eager to kill and get killed.
None the less, our long experience with this man (Netanyahu) shows that he
cannot be trusted. Even his closest friends and allies attest to this
fact. Indeed, for Netanyahu, sublime human ideals such as honesty, moral
consistency and rectitude spell naivety and gullibility. They are signs of
That is why; it is only a matter of time, perhaps a few
days or weeks, before Netanyahu reverts to his real mode, a mode of
recalcitrance, provocation and intransigence.
agree to "maintain the status quo" at the Aqsa Mosque because he believes
in peace and reconciliation with the Palestinians. On the contrary,
Netanyahu doesn't miss a chance to provoke Palestinians and other Muslims
around the world.
Similarly, he doesn't miss a chance to embarrass
some of his few friends who would risk their credibility and stature by
giving him the benefit of the doubt.
True Netanyahu says he would
maintain the status quo, but his interpretation of the "status quo" could
be far-fetched. He is a master of prevarication and equivocation.
Indeed, does maintaining the status quo include putting an end to the
provocative intrusion of millenarian Jewish fanatics into the exclusively
Islamic shrine? I doubt it.
Netanyahu would claim, especially when
addressing a western audience, that "Jews have the right to visit the holy
place. He would add: "I can't understand why people from around the world
can visit the Temple Mount whereas Jews are barred from accessing the
holiest place in Judaism?"
But Netanyahu is consistently
dishonest. First of all, the Haram al Sharif is not the holiest place for
Judaism. There is simply absolutely no evidence proving beyond doubt that
the ruins of Solomonís Temple are located beneath the Haram al-Sharif.
Israeli and western archaeologists have spent half a century trying to
discover any evidence to that effect, but to no avail.
so-called "Jewish visitors" don't really come to "visit," they rather come
to incite and riot and desecrate the sanctity of the holy place. They come
in order to provoke Muslims into protesting against Jewish provocations,
which in turn would give the Israeli security forces an excuse to shoot
and kill innocent Palestinians.
True visitors of holy places all
over the world must conduct themselves and show some respect to the place,
especially in reference to those holding the place dear.
when these Talmudic-minded Messianic Jews "visitingĒ the mosque esplanade
insist on holding provocative Talmudic rituals, inciting Jews to demolish
the Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, then the matter goes far beyond
Would The Vatican authorities permit a tourist to
visit if he or she voices their intention to blow up Saint Peter's
Basilica in Rome? Would the Indian authorities allow a tourist to visit
Taj Mahal if the tourist declares openly that the edifice would have to be
Yet we have heard these Jewish fanatics say rather ad
nauseam that they won't rest before seeing these marvelous Islamic shrines
reduced to ruin. And, strangely enough, none of the fanatics has been
detained or questioned for incitement.
There is no doubt that the unexpectedly
strong Muslim reactions forced Netanyahu to rethink his plans. This is why
Muslims must keep their guard up. Netanyahu simply wants to arrogate
Islam's third holiest place as stealthily as possible and as quietly as
More to the point, Netanyahu is likely to cajole or
bully some Palestinian, Arab and Muslim leaders for the purpose of winning
them to his side.
However, Netanyahu must understand that when it
comes to the Aqsa Mosque, these unelected leaders don't represent the
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran journalist and
political commentator living in Occupied Palestine
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