The Middle East crisis continues as Jordanian minister accuses Israel of planning to erect a third Temple, while Abbas declares his mission to save Jerusalem during rally. Analysts assess Jerusalem will become the focus of Islamic attention in 2013.
A Jordanian minister accused the Israeli government recently of planning to partition the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount plaza surrounding it in order to erect the third Temple. Islamic Endowments Minister Abdul Salam Abadi told a visiting clerical delegation from Australia that he received instructions from the “Hashemite leadership” to safeguard the Arab and Islamic identity of Jerusalem. Jordanian press reported that Israel was planning to divide the mosque from its courtyards with a 144-dunam structure, according to the Times of Israel news.
19th century French architect and Bible scholar Charles Chipiez
The Visionary Ezekiel Temple plan drawn by the 19th century French architect and Bible scholar Charles Chipiez.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party staged a massive rally recently in the Gaza Strip. Abbas declared, “Our mission is to unify our efforts to save Jerusalem our capital,” according to the Times of Israel.
Jerusalem has seen two temples built on the Temple Mount. The first was built by King Solomon roughly 3,000 years ago. It was destroyed by the armies of Nebudchadnezzar in 586 BCE. The second temple was built under Zerubbabel during the years 520 to 516 BCE. This temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. From that time there has been a deep desire among many religious and a few secular Jews to see a third Jewish Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem.
Today, the construction of the Third Temple is quite impossible from a global religious and political perspective. The Temple Mount area is under rather strict Islamic control. Therefore, the recent anti-Jewish rhetoric about a Third Jewish Temple is very serious because Jordan is issuing a warning to all Muslims worldwide over Jerusalem! This inflammatory and dangerous hate filled rhetoric could begin a Jihad and ignite a smoldering fire throughout the Mideast. Analysts expect an increase in such rhetoric. Experts believe that Jerusalem and especially the Temple Mount will become the focus of Islamic wrath in 2013.
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