Israel’s ancient high court, the Sanhedrin, now reborn, has issued a statement warning the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization not to try to interfere with – or change – the history linked to the Temple Mount.
A report by Breaking Israel News says the U.N. agency wants to adopt a resolution at its current meetings in Istanbul that would declare the Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish temples, is “sacred to ‘Muslims only.'”
The proposal comes jointly from Palestinian and Jordanian interests and follows an earlier decision by the agency to call the site in Jerusalem in official papers only by the name created by Muslims – Al-Aqsa.
But Breaking Israel News reported the new plan is “far more radical.”
It said “UNESCO’s very unholy actions” would deny that there is any Jewish link to the location at all.
That prompted the Sanhedrin, which is known in the New Testament for condemning Jesus, to act.
The court, which was disbanded about A.D. 425 and now has been re-created, released a statement warning that the U.N., through its statements and comments, is fomenting global terror.
“The Jewish right to the Temple Mount was established in the Bible, and should therefore be recognized by Christianity and Islam,” the Sanhedrin said in its statement. “In fact, the Jewish claim to Jerusalem is as essential to those religions as it is to Judaism. The biblical connection between the Jews and Jerusalem led to the building of the First Temple by King Solomon, which strengthened our claim to Jerusalem even more.”
The statement from the court, made up of leading rabbis and scholars continued, “A plethora of archaeological evidence in and around Jerusalem is undeniable proof of Jewish settlement in biblical times. Islam did not exist, in Israel or anywhere else, until the year 636 … more than 500 years after the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple.
“If there are any doubts or counter-claims, the Sanhedrin challenges them to establish an objective committee of archeologists to check these facts. On this matter, the Sanhedrin decries the Palestinians’ efforts to destroy the archaeological evidence on the Temple Mount. … These acts, destroying the sites and artifacts of other religions … are intended to create belief in the false historical narrative the Palestinians are trying to spread among the non-Jews, and even among the Jews” of no historical links between Jews and the site.
The statement was referring to periodic actions by the Islamic Waqf, which manages the Islamic mosque now on the mount, to do “construction” with heavy equipment and machinery in an “area rich with archaeological relics.”
The Jewish leaders wrote that the looming UNESCO vote, based on a “false belief,” would promote the “way for terror attacks and other tragedies.”
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Nascent Sanhedrin, explained that every aspect of the Temple is connected to the concept of peace, Breaking News Israel reported.
“The Temple was intended to be the place where all the nations came together to to serve God, in peace. By enabling the Muslims to turn the Temple Mount into the antithesis of this idea, UNESCO is doing the opposite of their stated mission of uniting the nations,” he told the agency.
“By allowing the Muslims exclusive access to prayer on the Temple Mount, the world has chosen ‘priests’ of war and terror. The world must allow the Jews, the real lovers of peace, to be the priests representing all the nations on the Temple Mount,” he said.
The U.N. faction specifically calls for a return to the status quo that was there before 1967, which Breaking Israel News said apparently “means completely banning Jews and other non-Muslims from the entire Temple Mount complex.”
Officials explain the Temple Mount holds the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the Western Wall “has absolutely no Muslim connection whatsoever.”
However, the U.N. refers to that location as “al-Buraq Plaza,” the news agency said.
WND reported in 2015 when Jordan said it wanted its soldiers to “patrol” the area.
The move was rejected by Israel immediately.
Jews and Christians are actually barred from the mount during most hours of the day and are never allowed to pray at the site or carry holy objects.
Most Palestinian leaders routinely deny well-documented and historical Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.
Speaking to WND in a 2007 interview, Waqf official and chief Palestinian Justice Taysir Tamimi alleged the Jewish Temples are fiction.
“About these so-called two Temples, they never existed, certainly not at the Haram Al- Sharif (Temple Mount),” said Tamimi, a top Palestinian cleric.
“Israel started since 1967 making archaeological digs to show Jewish signs to prove the relationship between Judaism and the city, and they found nothing. There is no Jewish connection to Israel before the Jews invaded in the 1880s,” said Tamimi.
He rejected the fact that there have been dozens of digs verified by experts worldwide revealing Jewish artifacts from the First and Second Temples, tunnels under the Temple Mount and more than 100 ritual immersion pools believed to have been used by Jewish priests to cleanse themselves. The cleansing process is detailed in the Torah.
Asked about the Western Wall, Tamimi said the structure was a tying post for Muhammad’s horse and that it is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, even though the wall predates the mosque by more than 1,000 years.
The Palestinian media also regularly state the Jewish Temples never existed.
It actually is considered the holiest site in Judaism.
The First Temple, built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C., was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was built in 515 B.C. after Jerusalem was freed from Babylonian captivity. That temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70. Each temple stood for several centuries.
According to the Talmud, the world was created from the foundation stone of the Temple Mount. It’s believed to be the biblical Mount Moriah, where Abraham fulfilled God’s test of his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac.
The Temple Mount has remained a focal point for Jewish services for thousands of years. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed, according to Jewish tradition.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque was constructed in about A.D. 709 to serve as a shrine near another shrine, the Dome of the Rock, which was built by an Islamic caliph. Al-Aqsa was meant to mark what Muslims came to believe was the place at which Muhammad, the founder of Islam, ascended to heaven to receive revelations from Allah.
Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible 656 times.
According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad took a journey in a single night on a horse from “a sacred mosque” – believed to be in Mecca in southern Saudi Arabia – to “the farthest mosque.” From a rock there, according to the tradition, he ascended to heaven. The farthest mosque became associated with Jerusalem about 120 years ago.
Israeli author Shmuel Berkovits’ research shows Islam historically disregarded Jerusalem as being holy. Berkovits points out in his book “How Dreadful Is This Place!” that Muhammad was said to loathe Jerusalem and what it stood for. He wrote that Muhammad made a point of eliminating pagan sites of worship and sanctifying only one place – the Kaaba in Mecca.
As late as the 14th century, Islamic scholar Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya, whose writings influenced the Wahhabi movement in Arabia, ruled that sacred Islamic sites are to be found only in the Arabian Peninsula and that “in Jerusalem, there is not a place one calls sacred, and the same holds true for the tombs of Hebron.”
A guide to the Temple Mount by the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem published in 1925 listed it as Jewish and as the site of Solomon’s Temple. The Temple Institute acquired a copy of the official 1925 “Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” which states on page 4: “Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David ‘built there an altar unto the Lord.’”