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"We cannot tolerate a situation in which worshippers of all faiths are not allowed to pray on Temple Mount...The time is close, much closer than one thinks, when Jews will be able to pray on this holy site."
Now, it's past time for Israel to take note of these public pronouncements and LIFT THE UNJUST ENTRY BAN ON DAVID BEN-ARIEL for simply saying and writing same thing (for years). The Israeli police truly know and understand that only security threat that came from my calls for this LONG OVERDUE JUSTICE were from same Muslims who threaten to defy any changes in deplorable status quo upon Temple Mount.
I've been blessed to have served as a lowly volunteer on eight kibbutzim throughout Promised Land of Israel. One of them was Kibbutz Sdot Yam, home to Hungarian-born Israeli heroine, Hannah Senesh. While there I read Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, that included this interesting observation: "When anyone in Hungary spoke of Zionism five or even two years ago, Jewish public opinion condemned him as a traitor of Hungary, laughed at him, considered him a mad visionary, and under no circumstances heard him out."
Thank God that few Zionists were able to transcend bitter criticism of short-sighted majority! Thank G-d that such "mad" visionaries saw their dream become a reality: a Jewish Homeland!
During my brief appearance before Israel's High Court, prosecution charged that I hold "dangerous ideas." I suppose short-sighted prosecution would ban Bible if he could since it contains "dangerous ideas" that millions believe in! What are those "dangerous ideas?" That Promised Land is promised to Israel and not to Ishmael; that Temple Mount must be restored as TEMPLE Mount and respected as Judaism's holiest site; that Jerusalem is eternal capital of Israel.
May Israel appreciate those who stand with them, who encourage them to be strong and overcome every obstacle, that "dangerous ideas" may be recognized as innocent IDEALS and embraced, that Israel may live and prosper!
David Ben-Ariel, an American author who has travelled widely and who has lived throughout Israel, shares a special focus on the Middle East and great interest in Jerusalem, reflected in hard-hitting articles that help others improve their understanding of that troubled region. Check out www.benariel.com