An Egyptian’s Forgotten Plan to Sell the Western Wall to the Jews

Jan. 16 2020

While Jews have worshipped at the Western Wall nearly continuously since the Second Temple’s destruction, Ottoman policy forbade any sort of formal congregational prayer. The British Mandatory authority tried to preserve the existing status quo, but during the 1920s the site saw periodic outbreaks of anti-Jewish violence. In August 1929, just after the bloody pogrom in Hebron, three proposals emerged for placing the Wall and the area in front of it under Jewish control. Two of these proposals came from Jews, but not the third, which until now has been forgotten. Steven E. Zipperstein writes:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mandate Palestine, Western Wall

Hamas Returns to Its Cycle of Extortion

Aug. 13 2020

Last week, Hamas resumed launching explosives attached to balloons and kites into Israel, one of which landed in the southern town of Arad. The IDF responded with airstrikes, and the terrorist group first test-fired a barrage of missile into the Mediterranean and then fired a missile at an Israeli town—provoking further counterstrikes. Why disturb the peace now? Because, writes Yoav Limor, the monthly aid Hamas receives from Qatar is set to expire next month:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Qatar