Releasing Murderers for Peace
By Ronn Torossian
If one believes the narrative told by the mainstream media and the Obama Administration, peace will come when Israel returns strategic parts of the Jewish homeland (which Israel won in a defensive war), releases terrorists, allows the return of millions of Palestinian Arab refugees, divides Jerusalem, abandons Holy sites to Muslim control and carries out a series of other “concessions.” Then, the Arabs will suddenly and miraculously recognize peace. Anyone who believes this tale surely believes in flying elephants. (My PR Firm in NYC is selling The Brooklyn Bridge also if you are interested.)
Most recently – it was ignored by every single mainstream worldwide media outlet – two Palestinian Authority officials stated that Jews must be forbidden from praying at the Western Wall and at the Temple Mount. Located in Jerusalem, The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, of which The Western Wall is located at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is the location of the two holy temples of Jerusalem, the latter of which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E. Currently, Jews pray freely at the Western Wall (except when being showered by rocks being thrown by Arabs), although Jewish prayer is restricted at the Temple Mount.
This week, Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of the Palestinian Authority Religious Court said “Allah decreed that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic and belongs to Muslims alone. It is part of the religious belief of a billion and a half Muslims, and the Jews have no right to it… or the right to pray in any part of it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards… and specifically, its western wall.” In December 2013, on official Palestinian Authority TV, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that The Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain, by divine decree, a Muslim mosque, will not be shared with anyone, will not be forfeited, and no one besides Muslims will pray in it.” In the interview he said that the Western Wall is “an authentic part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque only.” “The Temple Mount is in our hands and will remain in our hands. It is the holiest site in Judaism and it is the right of every Jew to visit the Temple Mount.”
An Israeli non-government organization, Palestinian Media Watch released translations of these comments, yet, the world media has ignored this story. Publicizing these speeches would not support the narrative which media pursues – Israel is the “apartheid state” and Arabs are oppressed. The reality is that Israel offers all citizens – and religions – freedom of prayer, and more. While Jews – until today – have limited visitation to the Temple Mount, the Arabs worship freely throughout Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian Arabs – and the Arab world – are clear that they do not accept Jews. Now which one is intolerant?
Only two years ago, in 2012, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until the Israeli occupation, settlements, and settlers leave the city. Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats.” Abbas said “there will be no peace or stability before our beloved city and eternal capital is liberated from occupation and settlement.” Talk of concessions, and co-existence is always directed at Israel, and focused on pressuring the only Jewish State in the world.
What is it that the Arabs have sacrificed (other than countless terrorist martyrs)? Abbas and the entire Palestinian Arab world say Jews will not be permitted to pray – or live – in Jerusalem, the holiest city for Judaism. Despite this – and regular acts of terror – Israel is expected to continue with this absurd “peace” process?
The next step in this “peace” process is Israel being expected to release murderers in pursuit of peace. Logical —- if you live in an insane asylum. These negotiations are leading nowhere and the Palestinians continue to get concessions from Israel – in a desire to destroy Israel piece by piece through this sham “peace process.” How can peace be made with people who say Jews cannot live anywhere they choose?
Murderers going free is not peace, and cannot lead to peace.