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A One-sided Temple Mount Status Quo Is Not Static

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The lead editorial of Haaretz on September 19 concerned itself with the recent reality at the Temple Mount where “under police protection, groups of Jews who ascend the Mount hold daily morning and afternoon prayers, together in a quorum”. The paper asserts that “Israel is breaching the status quo” thereby at the holy site.

While it agrees that there is an argument, “which liberal secular people are compelled to support” in that there is a basic principle of democracy that should be upheld, namely: freedom of worship, nevertheless, the ‘newspaper for thinking paper’, as Haaretz publicizes itself, that principle “constitutes needless provocation” in the larger context and therefore should be overridden. It actually is “hypocrisy” for the Western Wall Plaza is where there is no freedom of worship for Conservative or Reform Jews and women seeking more egalitarian prayer services.

Haaretz demands that the status quo be quickly restored, one the paper is able to make by employing arguments that simply ignore the facts.

In the first instance,........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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