by Dr. Reuven Berko
Everybody knows that Israel is protecting Al-Aqsa better than any "wobbly" Arab regime or terrorist organization would.
The "Palestinian problem" has never been so irrelevant. Throughout the Middle East, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions have been displaced. Multitudes of refugees are pouring out of the Middle East and Africa toward Europe's shores, hoping to join the Muslim enclaves that have ominously arisen in European capitals.
The illusion that U.N. recognition of the Palestinian flag and the EU's marking of settlement goods will lead to the establishment of a terrorist state on Israel's ruins has been washed away by the waves of refugees flooding into Europe. Meanwhile, other artificial Arab nations are crumbling before our very eyes.
Given this regional disaster, the crazy notion held by idiots and anti-Semites that the "Palestinian problem" is the root of all conflicts in the Middle East and that solving it will lead to peace have fallen apart. The world is witnessing the massacres, the rapes and selling of women into sex slavery, and the destruction of churches, mosques and archaeological sites carried out by Muslim Arabs, and it understands that this notion is baseless.
Overshadowed by the regional disaster, the Palestinian hope of getting the international community to pressure Israel on the "right of return" for refugees has become a pipe dream. No one is truly interested in the fabricated plight of Palestinian refugees, which has been force fed to the world by UNRWA and its ilk.
Therefore, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and yes, the Joint Arab List, are all focusing on how to answer this question: How do we return terrorism to its glory days?
Since the rise of the Zionist movement, the Palestinians have made a cynical use of the Temple Mount in a bid to goad the Muslim world into an all-out war against Israel. These days, the Palestinians are trying to use Al-Aqsa mosque as a trigger to undermine Israel's legitimacy in Jerusalem and turn the Islamists who are madly slaughtering each other against Israel instead.
However, the Palestinians are having a hard time selling the "Al-Aqsa is in danger" slogan, given the mass murder and destruction of mosques taking place throughout the Middle East. Muslims are not abandoning their slaughter of each other to turn their attention to Al-Aqsa. Everybody knows that Israel is protecting Al-Aqsa better than any "wobbly" Arab regime or terrorist organization would.
Since it was defeated by the Israeli military in Operation Protective Edge, Hamas' military and economic hardships have grown. Even though it was Hamas that fired rockets toward Al-Aqsa during Operation Protective Edge, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had the nerve to claim, during a meeting in Turkey, that "Israel is using the regional disaster to eliminate Al-Aqsa mosque."
At the same time, Hamas is trying to incite violence in Jerusalem, using Islamic Movement subcontractors. With its cells in Judea and Samaria having been crushed, the ground is burning under Hamas' feet. The rehabilitation of Hamas' depleted terrorist infrastructure does not interest the throngs of angry protestors in Gaza, who are demanding homes, electricity, gas, food and jobs.
Members of the Palestinian Authority are also taking part in the incitement to violence regarding the Temple Mount, but to no avail. Islamic clerics (and the Palestinians) know very well that the Qibla (direction of Muslim prayer) was changed from Jerusalem to Mecca, Muhammad's "night journey" (according to his wife Aisha) was only "a sacred dream," and it is not certain if Muhammad even ever visited Jerusalem.
Islamic historiography tells us that when Caliph Omar arrived at the Temple Mount in 637 C.E., he knew that the Foundation Stone situated in the center of the Temple Mount was where the First and Second Jewish Temples once stood.
Every Muslim knows that, according to the Quran -- the holiest religious text of Islam -- Jerusalem and its environs will forever remain the inheritance of the children of Israel. Palestinian terrorism has no power to change God's word. But, just to be safe, the Israel Police are deployed in Jerusalem to remind those who try to defy the word of God.
Dr. Reuven Berko
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