Turkish Flag Flew over Temple Mount
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Israel National News that the unprecedented flag raising was legal.
The pictures of the Turkish flag waving over the Temple Mount, where the First and Second Holy Temples were built and where the golden-domed Al-Aqsa mosque now stands, were published on the Turkish web site PLS48.net.
One blogger pointed out that the incident of a foreign flag over the site coincided with the furor over a project by Muslims to built a 13-story mosque near Ground Zero, where Muslim terrorists attacked and destroyed the twin towers of the World Center Sept. 1, 2001, killing nearly 3,500 people.
Although there is no law against raising flags over the site, the practice has been shunned in order to prevent flaring tempers from Muslims and Jews. The Israel flag was raised over the Temple Mount for a few hours on June 6, 1967, after all of Jerusalem was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War. It was taken down under orders of then-IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan. %ad%
Recently-retired Haaretz journalist Nadav Shragai wrote two years ago that researchers previously have suggested various and often conflicting ideas concerning flags over the Old City. He disclosed the previously unpublished conclusions of a study on a political agreement with the Arab world over the status of Jerusalem and its holy sites.
The study was written by Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies Ora Achimeir after a study by a team led by Israel Prize winner Prof. Ruth Lapidot.
“Achimeir is skeptical about the possibility of both sides to the conflict flying flags without restrictions and believes that 'the situation of hostility and competition between Israelis and Palestinians, which does not seem likely to dissipate in the near future, would lead to mass flying of flags that would turn the historic basin into a bedlam of flags and symbols.’” Shragai wrote.
He noted that during peace talks with Israel in 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat suggested raising the Saudi Arabia flag over holy site in Jerusalem, but then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin fumed at the proposal. “There is no way that something of that kind will ever take place in Jerusalem," Begin declared. "The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Jerusalem. The Israelis also do not raise any flag there. If there is peace, the Arabs will be able to fly flags on every embassy that they open in Jerusalem."
Jimmy Carter, who then was President of the United States, warned that Sadat would not sign a peace treaty without the raising of the Saudi flag. He suggested that a flag would be flown only over the mosque and nowhere else over the Temple Mount, but Begin retorted, "Not on the Temple Mount," according to Shragai. “We are losing our conscience. Is it not enough that we have forbidden [Jews] to pray on the Temple Mount? We will not be able to agree to that also for too long a time. But the raising of a religious flag on the Temple Mount would be tantamount to recognition that it belongs to the Muslims."
Past peace plans that have been proposed by the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office have provided that foreign flags be considered "religious flags.” Even in the almost impossible likelihood that Muslims were to allow a Jewish flag over the Temple Mount, one would have to be invented because there is none.
The issue of flag in the area is so emotional that in 1984, the Muslim religious trust, known as the Waqf, demanded that the Jerusalem police unit on the Temple Mount remove an Israeli flag that was inside the commander’s room. The late Yosef Burg, who was Minister of Police at the time, ordered the flags be restored, an act that raised the ire of Muslims.
Residents: Police Apathetic on Maale Zeitim Shooting
Aryeh King, a resident of the neighborhood, wrote in the letter that the incident was one of a long line in which police did not seek to ensure the Jewish residents of predominantly Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. “I think these incidents should compel you to find out what is going on in the Jerusalem police department,” he wrote.
Residents: Police Don't Enforce Law in Eastern Jerusalem
This past Friday, a stocking-masked Arab fired a pop gun at Jewish homes in Maaleh HaZeitim for nearly a minute straight – and the police did not arrive when called. A request for comment has been submitted to the Jerusalem Police district.
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Official: PM Ordered Us Not to Demolish Illegal Homes
In the letter, Ma'ayan said that “as you know, the municipality seeks to enforce the law. Demolition orders are generally carried out by inspectors, backed by police reinforcements. Over the past month,” he wrote, “a number of planned demolitions were cancelled, due to orders by the Prime Minister's Office.”
In response, MK Ariel said that he had already realized some time ago that the demolition orders were being ignored because of politics. “This is the first time an official has admitted that the source for the lack of law enforcement is the Prime Minister himself.”
Eric Phelps said:
The Turks are now being brought into the anti-Israel/anti-US agitation.
THIS is going on in Jerusalem. Riddle solved, to our greatest sorrow: