There would be as fierce of a battle over Jerusalem if Moshe Dayan didn’t give away the Temple Mount Almost 41 years ago. When Israel gained possession of the Temple compound during the Six Day War, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol wanted to create a multi-faith council to run the compound. Dayan thought it should remain in Muslim possession. In his biography Dayan clearly stated that the last thing he wanted was the Beit Hamikdash rebuilt. So Dayan “gave” 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.
It would be have so much extra meaning if Israel could celebrate its 60th Anniversary with a beautiful ceremony where the two Temples stood, on top of the Temple Mount, but that isn’t possible because Dayan who some regard as one of the biggest heroes in Israeli history is also one of its biggest goats. He will go down in history as the man who gave away the Temple:
The Arabs Want the Overpass to Collapse, to Keep Jews Out´
Israel National News February 8, 2007
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.”