June 26, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: The Prohibition against Non-Muslims praying on the Temple Mount is Laughable


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The Prohibition against Non-Muslims praying on the Temple Mount is Laughable

On Monday, Reuters published an article by Allyn Fisher-Ilan titled “Far-right Israelis stir tensions over Jerusalem holy site”.  According to Fisher-Ilan:

Far-right Israelis are pressing for an end to an effective ban on holding Jewish prayers at a Jerusalem holy compound once dominated by Biblical temples and now home to al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s most revered sites.

Palestinians oppose Jewish worship at the vast stone plaza overlooking Judaism’s Western Wall as a potential threat to access for Muslims.

Aware of the volatile mix of politics and religion, Israel has largely stymied such prayer for 46 years by having its police prevent Jewish worship at the site on grounds it could cause a public disturbance.

Palestinian concerns have been heightened, however, by the fact that allies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are among the most vocal advocates of Jewish prayer at the 35-acre site that is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

This month alone, Israeli police have hauled away half a dozen Israelis from the site. A Jewish Israeli and an Arab citizen were held in connection with a brawl that injured a Muslim official and four other Jewish men were detained for prostrating themselves on the holy ground.

Several other Israelis have been questioned in the past two months for trying to pray at the compound during police-escorted sightseeing tours. A lamb was seized from another Israeli who had plans to slaughter it in ritual sacrifice.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounced the Israeli visits as a part of a “dangerous and an evil plot to demolish al-Aqsa” and build what he calls “an alleged temple”.

Wedged into the compound atop the ramparts of Jerusalem’s walled Old City is al-Aqsa, originally erected 1,300 years ago, rebuilt in the 11th century after an earthquake and now Islam’s third holiest site, and the 7th-century golden Dome of the Rock shrine, the oldest known Islamic monument.

The plaza, from which the Prophet Mohammed is traditionally believed to have ascended into heaven, has an explosive past as a core issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


But the idea of holding prayers inside the elevated compound as well has acquired more political significance over the years.

Pro-settler Israelis fear that yielding any control over the compound could lead to a withdrawal from other occupied territory they see as a biblical birthright and which Palestinians seek for a state.

“This isn’t a religious issue at all,” Feiglin told Reuters in a recent interview. “The question is who does the mount belong to, the Jews or the Arabs?”

Friction at the site also looms over an Israeli plan to expand the concrete prayer plaza at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, to try and accommodate Jews seeking more liberal prayer services than most Orthodox custom permits.

Currently Israel must deploy hundreds of police to prevent violence whenever angry ultra-Orthodox protesters confront women activists who hold monthly prayer sessions at the site.

Muslims reject any Israeli construction in the area, though, and worry that any expansion of the Western Wall plaza may involve moving the footbridge at what is known as the Moghrabi Gate entrance to the compound and its Islamic holy sites.

This development should surprise no one who reads and understands the Bible:

  • The Temple Mount is the only place on the face of the planet about which Yahweh said, “For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” (2 Chronicles 7:16)
  • Eventually, the nations of the world will descend on Jerusalem to do battle with Israel, but they will have a rude awakening when they encounter Yahweh Himself: “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. In that day,” declares Yahweh, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through Yahweh Sabaoth, their God.’” (Zechariah 12: 2-5)
  • When Yahweh’s enemies are defeated, He will declare His Name to the world again: “O Yahweh, my strength and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of distress, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, futility and things of no profit.’ Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods! ‘Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.’” (Jeremiah 16: 19-21)

As I said, people who read and understand the Bible are not confused by the developments taking place in and around Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.  It’s part of Yahweh’s plan to bring the issue to a head and to show the world that there really is only One God, and His Name is Yahweh.

I laugh every time I think about the prohibition against non-Muslims praying on the Temple Mount because it’s so preposterous.  I’ve been on the Temple Mount many times, and never once have I failed to pray to Yahweh.  I must look like a potential “prayer problem” because I have been followed around by Waqf security officials several times, but they have never prevented me from praying and they never will.  I guess they think that I look Jewish.  Below is a picture of my wife Katie, my Israeli daughter Noam Markman, and me.  It was taken at Noam’s wedding in Tel Aviv in May.

Waqf security officials are correct: I do look Jewish, and in Israel, that’s a plus.  I have no trouble moving about freely even in places where Gentiles may be viewed with suspicion, the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, for example.  I am welcomed there with open arms which is as it should be.  Fact is I am Jewish, but I don’t have the papers to prove it.

Be that as it may, in the minds of Waqf authorities, praying is a demonstrable act that is easily detectable.  Muslims, for instance, use prayer rugs upon which they prostrate themselves to pray several times a day.  It’s not difficult to know when they are praying, but as believers, we have direct access to Yahweh.  We can pray to Him any time we want, and we don’t need to make a public display for others to see to communicate with our Creator.

It might have surprised the security officials who were following me if they had known that I was praying to Yahweh while they were watching.  I was asking Him to remove the structures on the Temple Mount that are so offensive to Him (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque) and to tell the world that He alone is the Supreme Sovereign—El Elyon.  That day is coming, and it may be sooner than you think.

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Me, My Wife Katie, and My Israeli Daughter Noam Markman

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The Great Synagogue in Jerusalem

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On the Temple Mount Facing the Dome of the Rock

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The Al-Aqsa Mosque with the Mount of Olives in the Background at Sunset

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The Temple Mount from the Top of the Mount of Olives at Sunrise

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The Temple Mount from the Jewish Quarter of the Old City at Sunset



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“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know Yahweh. It will come about in that day that I will respond,” declares Yahweh. “I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth, and the earth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, and I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ and they will say, ‘You are my God!’”


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  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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