Sunset in Israel on May 27 began the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim. It commemorates that wonderful day (per the Hebrew calendar) during the 6-Day-War when the IDF liberated the Old City of Jerusalem.
It is also appropriate to remember on Yom Yerushalayim that if it were not for the progressive hubris of the man considered to be the hero of Jerusalem’s liberation Moshe Dayan, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount would not be the issue it is today.
Jews were denied access to the Holy sites in the Old City Jerusalem since 1948, when Jordan took it over during the War of Independence. In the intervening 19 years the Jordanians waged systematic destruction, desecration and looting of Jewish sites. But on that day 44 years ago was a miracle 1900 years in the making, even if you cannot understand the Hebrew in the recording below, you can understand the joy, and reverence as Jews approached the Temple mount for the first time in nearly 20 years.
War, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol wanted to create a multi-faith council
to run the compound. The Muslim Mosque would not have been touched,
but all faiths would be allowed up on top of the mount.
Dayan thought the Temple Mount should remain in Muslim possession. In
his biography Dayan clearly stated that he was worried that Jews would try and rebuild
the Beit Hamikdash (the Jewish Temple) and that was the last thing he wanted.
Of course there was no way, that a third Temple would be built, by
Jewish tradition that is supposed to wait until the coming of the
messiah, but that didn’t stop Dayan, like most progressives he felt he
knew better than anybody. He didn’t consult the Prime Minister or the
Knesset, nor did the Israeli people have a say.
Dayan took it upon himself, he “gave” control of the Temple Mount back
to the Arabs because he wanted to make sure that there wouldn’t be a
third Temple. There was nothing that Prime Minister Eshkol could do
about it, after all Moshe Dayan, was a war hero.
Today is a wonderful celebration but it would have so much extra meaning
if Israel could celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with a beautiful ceremony
where the two Temples stood, on top of the Temple Mount, but that
isn’t possible because of Dayan. Thanks to the General, only Muslims
are allowed to pray on top of the Temple mount.
The Jewish people have lost possession of the the Temple Mount three
times since King David purchased the site 30 centuries ago. Only once,
was the site given away voluntarily, when Moshe Dayan gave it away 44
years ago. Moshe Dayan will go down in history not as a hero, but as
the man who gave away the Temple Mount, providing Barack Obama and the
Muslims the opportunity to make Jerusalem an Issue:
……….”It’s true,” Eldad said, “that the original sin was when
the Jewish People, immediately after the Six Day War in 1967, ceded
its hold on the Temple Mount in an unholy alliance between the Chief
Rabbinate and Moshe Dayan – each side for its own reasons – but now
the danger is that the Arab sovereignty on the Temple Mount will spill
over to the Western Wall plaza, and from there to other places.”
Then-Defense Minister Dayan, just days after Israel’s liberation of
the Old City, informed the Muslims running the Temple Mount that they
could continue to run the mosques there – and later went further by
preventing Jewish prayer all over the Mount.
“It was evident that if we did not prevent Jews from praying in what
was now a mosque compound,” Dayan later wrote, “matters would get out
of hand and lead to a religious clash… As an added precaution, I
told the chief of staff to order the chief army chaplain to remove the
branch office he had established in the building which adjoins the
mosque compound.”Source Israel National News
That is what Jews call a shanda (a shame).