The Palestinian Authority's (PA) unelected leader Mahmoud Abbas is like the energizer bunny. He just won’t stop trying to take control of the Temple Mount (“The Temple Mount: trigger for Redemption?”, tuviabrodieblog, October 21, 2015).
He’s been working at this goal for years. Since last year, he’s been turning up the heat: he openly incites to kill Jews to ‘protect’ the Mount (Tovah Lazarus, et al, “Netanyahu: World is silent as Abbas feeds flames at Temple Mount”, Jerusalem Post, November 3, 2014).
Wait: you just read about this yesterday. Why read about it again today?
The answer is simple: Abbas is at it again: he’s back in the news with two new ‘ideas’.
First, he wants complete control over Jewish visitors to the Mount (Avi Issacharoff , “PA demands full Muslim oversight over Jewish visitors to Temple Mount”, Times of Israel, October 22, 2015). He’s threatened Israel. There’ll be no more PA-IDF coordination if Israel refuses to give him that control.
Second, he wants an international force to patrol for him on the Temple Mount (Louis Charbonneau, “U.N. issues summary of protection forces as Palestinians requested”, Reuters, October 21, 2015).
Today, we’ll focus on that UN 'summary'. We’ll wait a day or two to see how his threat against Israel works out.
Abbas is a Jew-hating Holocaust-denier who really hates Jews. He works to destroy all Jewish connection to the land of Israel. He wants to erase the Jewish G-d’s link to Israel on the Temple Mount. He wants, in other words, to destroy Israel.
He’s failed. But he won’t stop trying.
He’s got a new idea. He wants the nations of the world (the UN) to do what he cannot do.
He wants three things from the UN. First, he wants the UN to declare ‘Palestine’ as a state. Second, he wants the UN to designate all Jewish holy sites as ‘Islamic’ (ibid). Third, he wants the UN to help him secure control over all Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount.
In pursuit of this third goal, Abbas wants the UN to report to him all instances in the past where the UN has sent forces into ‘disputed’ territories. He asks this specifically because he wants the UN to send an international force to the Temple Mount.
He isn’t interested in learning about how successful such attempts have been. He wants the UN only to report to him on the structure and legal basis for past ‘international-UN’ ‘interventions’ (Charbonneau, ibid).
Obedient, the UN has complied. It just sent Abbas a 42-page ‘summary’.
This report is not an academic exercise. It’s a first step in a new PA diplomatic attack against Jerusalem. As this report was sent out, the PA announced that it hopes the circulation of this report among the 15-Member UN Security Council (UNSC) will encourage UNSC members to consider creating an international force for the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount (ibid). The aim of the report is to get UN troops onto the Temple Mount.
If you’re familiar with the Jewish Tanach, you’ll know that our Jewish Bible stated more than 2,200 years ago that, in the days preceding our Final Redemption, the nations of the world (that includes the UN) will gather to attack Jerusalem. You see that especially in the Books of Yechekiel and in Zechariah.
Apparently, Abbas wants that Tanach prediction to come true. He wants the UN to gather against Jerusalem on his behalf.
Why does Abbas want an international force on the Temple Mount? He wants that force to help him keep Jews away. He wants the UN to do what he cannot do—close all Jewish holy sites to Jews. He wants to end what Israel now provides— freedom of access to holy sites. He wants to end what Israel now does—protect and preserve Jewish and Muslim holy sites.
He claims he needs this ‘force’ because Israel bans Muslims from the Mount. But that’s true only when Muslims on the Mount riot. Otherwise, Israeli police make certain that peaceful Muslims have greater access to and freedom of worship at the Mount than Jews.
It doesn’t matter. For Abbas, every Jew who ascends onto the Mount ‘attacks’ the Mount. That is, a Jew’s very presence on the Mount is a ‘violent attack—or ‘invasion’--against Islam’ (“Fatah official cites 2nd Intifada as model to confront Israel ‘against recurring [Jewish] invasions at Al-Aqsa Mosque”, pmw, September 28, 2015; “Fatah Secretary in Jerusalem: Israel committing ‘invasions, attacks, destruction, and abuse’ at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”, pmw, July 28, 2015).
Therefore, he needs an international force to end those ‘attacks, invasions and destructions, etc’. He wants the UN to participate in and then protect an ‘Islamic’ conquest of Judaism’s holiest site on earth.
The UN is thinking about this. It allows this ‘report’ to be circulated among UNSC Members. It allows the PA to lobby for a ‘force’ based upon the precedence conveniently enumerated in the report.
Mahmoud Abbas is driven by his hate to behave just as our Tanach suggests. He’s one part of the ‘Yishmael’ who attacks Israel in a war at the ‘end of days’ (see Yechezkeil). He willingly fulfils his role in our Story of Redemption.
Stay tuned. This movie has just begun.