I wonder if history will record that the Second Temple was destroyed twice, the first time because of hatred between Jews, the second time because of a Prime Minster who either doesn’t car or just doesn’t have all of his fruit loops in one box. Maybe Olmert agrees with the Palestinians that a Jewish temple NEVER stood on top of the Temple mount because its is being reported that the construction on top of the mount WAS PERSONALLY APPROVED BY OLMERT! Twenty-five hundred years ago and again five hundred years later, thousands of Jews were slaughtered protecting the Temple that stood there. Ever since, we have been mourning the fact that the Temple was gone and praying that we can see it rebuilt.
Every Year on Tisa B’av we feel the loss of the Holy Temple as if it occurred that day:
And He stripped His Tabernacle like a garden, and laid in ruins His Meeting-Place; the Lord has caused festival and Sabbath to be forgotten in Zion, and in His fierce indignation has spurned king and priest. The Lord has rejected His altar, He has abolished His Sanctuary, He has delivered into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they raised a clamor in the House of the Lord, as on a day of a festival. (Eichah Chapter 2)
Now the head of a Jewish State is personally approving its further destruction. If you haven’t done so yet Please Click here to sign Petition that will be sent to Olmert and to President Bush to stop the destruction of this gift from G-d
(IsraelNN.com) A large trench being dug on the Temple Mount is destroying a never before uncovered section of the outer wall of the Second Temple. The construction is being supervised by the Wakf—the Muslim Authority acting as custodians to the Temple Mount.Archeologists have been calling for construction to halt on the trench, which is approximately 1,300 feet long and five feet deep. The Wakf claims the trench is being dug to replace 40-year-old electrical cables for nearby mosques.New photos of construction debris from the Temple Mount show carved stones casually dumped in a pile that appear to be a section of the outer wall of the Second Temple, according to archaeologist Eilat Mazar. According to Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, the Wakf is intentionally digging in areas where “undoubtedly the Temple once stood.” “For the first time since the Temple’s destruction, a section of the Temple Wall itself has been exposed,” Richman said. “And the Wakf under the guise of laying down electrical pipes has dug a trench, destroying the most important holy artifact ever found to date.”Richman contends that the Temple remains are being “purposely destroyed with no supervision,” calling the government’s tolerance of the construction “complicit cooperation.”According to a report by WorldNetDaily, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert personally gave permission for bulldozers, steam shovels and other heavy equipment to be used to dig the trench. “This is an extraordinarily serious offense,” Richman states. “A corrupt, spiritually bankrupt government is allowing Judaism’s holiest site to be trashed because of political agreements to officially hand over the Temple Mount to the Palestinian Authority. Jews in Israel and abroad are asleep, and have not awoken to the importance of the Temple in Judaism or the desecration of this holy site being performed daily by the Wakf.”The Israel Antiquities Authority approved the construction despite archaeologists’ concern that precious artifacts are being destroyed. The Authority, which digs for religious artifacts across the State of Israel, has not inspected construction on Judaism’s holiest site even once since the work began, despite continuous calls for the construction to be supervised and halted. English spokesman for the Israeli Police, Mickey Rosenfeld asserts that the police stationed on the Temple Mount will not prevent the construction because the Antiquities Authority approved the dig.The Wakf has denied that any Jewish artifacts have been discovered during the dig, but new photos of work on the Mount belie the claim, clearly showing what is likely to be an ancient piece of carved wall.The wall in question is from the outer wall of the Temple itself, as opposed to the Western Wall, which is a remnant of the retaining wall around the larger Temple platform.Mazar, a member of the faculty at Hebrew University and a member of the Public Committee for Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, says it is “crucial this wall is inspected.” She explains that the current ground level of the Temple Mount is slightly above the original Temple Mount platform, “meaning anything found is likely from the Temple itself.” Mazar insists that she must personally inspect the stones to confirm their status, and attempted to inspect the site last week. She was stopped by Israeli police who are protecting the construction.”The only hope is for Jews and non-Jews from across the world to stand up and start putting pressure on the religious, political and archeological communities to immediately halt this process,” Richman concludes. “The whole world is wondering what the Jews are doing, allowing their most precious site, the Holy of Holies to be destroyed right before their eyes.”
Please sign the petition. Contact Olmert (fax: 02-670-5475, or 9722-670-5475 from abroad), Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan (Pensioners), and the Antiquities Authority order the work stopped immediately. In addition, they demand that tractors not be allowed to work on the Mount at all, nor may any digging take place without appropriate archaeological supervision.
For Mount Zion, which has become desolate; foxes prowl over it. [But] You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne endures throughout the generations Why do You forget us forever, forsake us so long? Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old. For if You have utterly rejected us, You have [already] been exceedingly wroth against us. (Eichah Chapter 5)