Israel Government Idle as Hamas Broadcasts From Temple Mount
Winning concessions from the Jewish state is virtually a weekly ritual. This week the Israeli government gave Hamas exclusive rights to broadcast its anti-Israel, violence-provoking message via radio from the Temple Mount, while at the same time banning Jews from visiting the site.
The decision by Israel occurred as sacred holidays of the Jews and Muslims crossed paths. For Muslims, Wednesday began Eid ul-Adha, the holiday marking the Islamic equivalent of Akeidat Yitzchak, the binding of Isaac (or, as the Muslims believe, Ishmael) by Abraham. For the Jews, Wednesday was a Jewish fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege by Nebuchadnezzar on Jerusalem over 2,500 years ago that resulted in the destruction of the First Temple.
Needless to say, Muslim beliefs trumped those of the Jews.
Arutz Sheva reports (emphasis ours):
An isdn line regularly broadcasts, over PA radio, the Islamic prayer services from the Temple Mount. This week, however, it granted the license to do so to Hamas—complete with Hamas Radio commercials, station identifications, and incitement against Jews. “Whoever wants to hear the Temple Mount services this week has to go to HamasRadio,” says Rabbi Richman.
Richman also said:
“The siege of Nebuchadnezzar is recurring again in our time,” said Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, “this time through the Israeli government, which is banning Jews and Christians but is allowing Hamas, who will defile [God] in our holiest place. There is no greater demonstration of the total spiritual bankruptcy of the Israeli government.” …
Rabbi Richman was astounded at the symbolism involved: “Closing the Temple Mount to Jews all week long, including on our fast day, because of the Muslim holiday, emphasizes that the government not only favors Muslim sensibilities over Jewish ones, but also the Koranic version of our history over that of the Tanach, our Bible.”