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Temple Mount Southern Wall Collapse

29 August 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

The Southern Wall of the Temple Mount complex is collapsing.  The complex today houses the El-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock and is considered the third holiest shrine in Islam after those in Mecca and Medina.  For Jews, the Mount itself was the site of both the First and Second Temples and in the Messianic end time the Third Temple will either be rebuilt or drop from the heavens on the same spot.

As of the past two years the Moslem Waqf religious authorities responsible for Islamic real estate have been systematically ripping apart the inner and underground caverns of the Temple Mt. area turning the entire site into an enormous mosque.  Archeological treasures going back two thousands years are being plowed up, destroyed and dumped outside the Old City of Jerusalem.  All this is a clear, obvious violation of international law, yet no international agency cares.

The Israeli government is the secular state authority responsible for the Temple Mount and El-Aksa complex.  The present prime minister, Ariel Sharon was the last Jew on the Mount the day before the recent Palestinian violence erupted (with his visit the supposed pretext).  Then he was the Likud opposition leader during the Barak led Labor government.

Sharon has always sworn great allegiance to the enormous importance of the Mount in Jewish history and he made that a point in his last visit.  For a year or so he has received reports from archeologists and other scholars concerning the systematic destruction of archeological remains on the Mount and the Waqf plans and actions to turn it into the largest mosque in the Middle East. 

The government fear of interference is understandable since no one wants the Palestinian – Israeli issue to spill over into an Islamic – Jewish universal clash.  It may have been quite clear that Waqf renovations could lead to a possible collapse of certain walls, especially those adjacent to the mosque being built in Solomon’s Stables on the south side.

Interestingly enough, those most upset are the archeologists, historians and other not particularly religious scholars.  On the other hand many Jews feel one cannot intervene to stop the southern wall collapse without an international explosion.

Waqf officials dismiss the archeological claims as interference in their religious domain and claim there is absolutely no danger of any collapse.  Most surprisingly there are no outcries by devout Jews or Christians worldwide, at least for the record.  In Israel there are radical, fundamentalist groups whose proclaimed daily concern is the well being of the Temple Mount, yet one hears nothing.

Could it be that they would see a collapse of the Southern Wall as the beginning of the apocalypse?