“What struck one in reading Eichmann in Jerusalem . . .was the surging contempt with which she treated almost everyone and everything connected with the trial, the supreme assurance of the intellectual looking down upon those coarse Israelis.”
Memories of Hannah Arendt
Lies about the Temple Mount and the Current Outbreak of Terror
David Horovitz considers the pretext for the current wave of violent attacks on Israelis, and its origins:
As we are now witnessing—every few hours in recent days—impressionable young Palestinians have been persuaded that their God requires them to kill, and if necessary be killed, to “protect al-Aqsa.” Words are fueling murderous deeds in this latest iteration of the conflict. . . .
There is an almost surreal aspect to this particular eruption . . . : Israel has been plunged into a terror war because of a false assertion that it intends to allow Jewish prayer at the holiest place in Judaism. This [raises] the question of why Israel would not allow Jewish prayer at the holiest place in Judaism, which it captured and liberated, to a great outpouring of Jewish emotion, in the 1967 war.
The answer? Utilizing the rabbinic halakhic consensus that forbids Jews from setting foot on the Temple Mount for fear of desecrating the site of the Holy of Holies, Israel’s then-defense minister, Moshe Dayan, took the pragmatic decision not to realize fully renewed Jewish sovereignty at the Temple Mount, and therefore not to risk a religious confrontation with the Muslim world. . . . That Israeli forbearance has all too evidently been misunderstood and misrepresented among many Palestinians as evidence that the Jewish state has no genuine attachment to the Mount. That Israeli forbearance is now rewarded with violence.