letters to the editor 88.
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With regard to “No decision yet on metal detectors, says Netanyahu” (July 20), Israel is reaching out to the Arab world to explain that the installation of metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount is not a change of status quo, but only to prevent the use of weapons there.
Do our government and prime minister realize that this is not a fight over metal detectors, but a statement to the world by the Muslims that the Temple Mount belongs to them and they can come and go as they please without inspections? Does our prime minister really think that the Arab world is against bringing weapons up to the Mount? Does he not realize that they are fighting with weapons instead of words, not only for control of the Temple Mount – which they already have – but for banning all Jews from going there? Next, no Jews will allowed to pray at the Western Wall.
For the second time, we are giving away our holiest site. God gave us another chance and we blew it.
BARBARA GINSBERG Ma’aleh Adumim
This 82-year-old “terrorist” with an artificial knee has been subjected to body searches and shoe removals at airports and ship entry points all over the world.
Why are there queues at security points, and why are there metal detectors? The world has forgotten Arafat, the PLO, Entebbe, Leila Khaled, etc.
The Palestinians have the gall to object to metal detectors on the Temple Mount after they murdered two Israeli policemen who were protecting them.
Chutzpah! COLIN FROMAN Herzliya Pituah
Gilad Sharon’s “The Temple Mount is in our hands” (Comment & Features, July 20) reminded me of my personal experiences at the site.
In the late 1990s, we took many visitors there, and this typically included visits to the Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, where we always had free access.
On one such visit to the Dome, my late father-inlaw lay down on the carpeted floor to better appreciate the magnificent ceiling – he was accused of praying and asked to stand up. His protestations of being an atheist were not well accepted.
My son visited us in 2014 and asked if we could visit the Temple Mount. At the door of the Aksa we witnessed an American Muslim woman’s attempt to enter. She read and studied the Koran, she said, and prayed regularly, but when the questions got to her knowledge of Hadith, she was abruptly denied entry.
We moved on to the Dome, where of course we were denied access. I told them that we had been there before and asked what had changed. It was because of Ariel Sharon’s visit in 2000, they said.
I suppose that this is not considered to be changing the status quo.
DAVID SMITH Ra’anana
Finally, and for the first time in ages, I opened my copy of The Jerusalem Post and read an article with which I was in complete agreement. I applaud – and share – the wise words of Gilad Sharon.
JACKIE ALTMAN Netanya
As usual, the Palestinian Authority is looking at the wrong “location” to change the situation. If it would actively fight terrorism, there would be no need for metal detectors. It should also leave Europe out of it and solve its own problems.
Actually, our government has an opportunity to correct Moshe Dayan’s 1967 decision to return the Temple Mount to our enemies, who lost their war of aggression.
DAVID FEIGENBAUM Netanya
There is a very simple way to solve several of the problems on the Temple Mount: Add it to the Israeli national park system. As part of the park system, it would be non-political.
There would be an admission fee for everyone. Arabs who go there would be less likely to cause trouble. Israel could enforce security there as necessary and would make sure that Muslim destruction of archeological sites ends.
DANIEL FARB Beit Shemesh