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A Palestinian walks in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City

The world reacts with fury to any security-based Israeli restrictions on Muslim worshippers, but no one protests over the absolute ban of Jewish and Christians prayers on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Israel liberated Jerusalem in 1967, but handed exclusive control of this holy site to the Islamic Waqf, which permits only Muslims to pray where Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple once stood.  When I’ve led listeners on our Israel tours—we’re going again next April—Islamic authorities confiscated Christian hymnals and threatened visitors if they even looked like they were praying.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who fought for Jews, Christians and Muslims to pray side-by-side on the Temple Mount, was shot in October by a Palestinian militant. Any potential peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians must include the right of all faiths to pray peacefully in one of the most sacred spots on earth.

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  1. Pete  •  Nov 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Let me guess — are these the so-called ‘moderate’ muslims who are confiscating hymnals and threatening non-muslim visitors!
    Was it not also so-called peaceful moderate muslims who were cheering when the twin towers were attacked? Just wondering.

  2. Senatormark4  •  Nov 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I don’t know why we keep having these discussions. Barbarians is what they is. The problem is that the United States doesn’t believe in it’s own founding documents enough to draw a bright line. Why are monies from free people sent to regimes that don’t believe in the First Amendment?

    There should be NO VISAS, NO AID, and NO TAX ADVANTAGES for any place that denies the First Amendment. If it ain’t in their charter, it ain’t our business. Everybody, and I mean everybody, on that side of the line can eat themselves. Can you see the Saudi’s trying to learn chinese?

    The problem is that the path we’re on has been marked out and now our leaders are following it. I doubt the Republicans now in power can halt the slide.

  3. James  •  Nov 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Agree, but the main obstacle to peace is a two-state solution between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea: Palestinian autonomy within an Israel that is the sole nation from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River is increasingly the only practical solution to this dispute.

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