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Netanyahu, Father of the Temple Mount Mosques

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If there’s a supreme medal of honor in the religion of Islam, it should be awarded to Benjamin Netanyahu. About 1,300 years ago Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, the fifth Umayyad caliph, enabled the building of a mosque on the Temple Mount. Since then, no ruler, not even Saladin, allowed new mosques to be built on the Mount. (The Dome of the Rock, an expert explained to me, is not a mosque.) Until Benjamin Netanyahu came along.

Despite numerous requests, he did not enable the building of a structure for Jewish prayer on the holiest site for Jews. By contrast, he did enable the building of three mosques on it. The construction of the first, in Solomon’s Stables, began in 1996. Today it’s the largest mosque in the Middle East, with room for some 10,000 worshippers.

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