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Israeli minister calls for 'Third Temple' in Al-Aqsa compound
Israeli minister calls for 'Third Temple' in Al-Aqsa compound

Palestinians are suspicious of so called archeological excavations taking place under the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

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The Israel Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel on Friday expressed his wish to see the construction of a "Third Temple" in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Al-Quds (East Jerusalem).

According to the Alray Palestinian News Agency, Uri Ariel said "The first Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE, the second Temple in 70 CE, and ever since the Jews have been mourning its loss."

He then went on to say "Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently in place of the temple, despite the temple being much holier than it. Al-Aqsa Mosque is only the third most holy mosque in Islam."

"Now that Israel has once again become a Jewish sovereign state, there have been occasional calls to rebuild the Temple," he added.

Palestinians who have stated their desire to see Israeli occupying forces retreat out of East Jerusalem back to their 1967 borders are suspicious of so called archeological excavations taking place under the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. They believe the works are destabilizing the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and have already reported damage to the building.

In recent months, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been subject to numerous raids by far-right Jewish settlers under the protection of Israeli security forces, who have performed Jewish rituals on the site. On a number of occasions last year, the Israeli authorities banned Muslim congregational Friday prayers at the mosque.

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Legitimacy claims to the Mount
the Al Aqsa Mosque is the Mount of Esau, handled by the people of Esau and Edom. according to the prophets they have no share or birthright in the land like the Jews do.
05/02/2014, 13:12
Re: the mosque vs the temple
Carl Stevenson
The mosque was put there by invaders who wish to see Israel wiped from the face of the earth and all Jews to be killed. It should be destroyed and the temple rebuilt. To hell with the cult of violence and pedophilia.
29/01/2014, 19:34
Shoshanna Moser
Let's try introducing some accuracy to this story. First, "the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound" is better known as "Temple Mount", and it's in Jerusalem's Old City-- NOT in East Jerusalem. Al Aqsa Mosque, whose silver-gray dome can be seen on the right side of the photograph accompanying the story, occupies only one area of Temple Mount, and the archeological explorations have been going on for decades. The Arab objections are to digging up still further proof of Jewish connections to the site.
29/01/2014, 18:34
Antichrist is not just after Christians...he will devour the whole world, whether you are Jew, Christian, Muslim, Atheist...etc... Read your Bible a little more carefully. EVERYONE is required to take his mark. If not, you die.
29/01/2014, 18:21
This is WONDERFUL!May this be Eloheims will NOW! Any "Christian" who names "Jesus" should go back and read what S'haul wrote in Rom 9-11. "Do not think arrogant thoughts, but be afraid..For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery, so that you will not be wise in your own sight, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in" ~ Rom 11:1-36. Dont be anti-semitic like Luthers Protestant Germany who murdered the Jews. ~Shalom
29/01/2014, 06:31
There is such place as EAST Jerusalem.
Why not end this charade, restore the Balfour, and fervently request Muslims to give a Coptic 2-state in EAST Egypt instead? After all, 23 Islamic regime states were given Muslims, none of which existed 100 years ago. And Christians and the Jews predate Islam in Arabia.
27/01/2014, 15:38
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week. Anastasiades will attend United Nations-backed talks at the Alpine Crans-Montana ski resort Wednesday with "complete determination and goodwill... to achieve a desired solution", he said in a statement. He said he hopes to "abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights", with a deal providing for the withdrawal of the Turkish army. The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. Turkey maintains around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. The so-called guarantor powers of Turkey, Britain and Greece retain the right to intervene militarily on the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots are at odds over a new security blueprint, but their leaders are under pressure to reach an elusive peace deal. "I am going to Switzerland to participate in the Cyprus conference, with the sole aim and intent of solving the Cyprus problem," Anastasiades said. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also set to attend the summit, which is expected to last at least 10 days. Greece, Turkey and Britain will send envoys along with an observer from the European Union. UN-led talks on the island hit a wall in late May after the sides failed to agree terms to advance toward a final summit. Unlocking the security question would allow Anastasiades and Akinci to make unprecedented concessions on core issues. But they have major differences on what a new security blueprint should look like. Anastasiades's internationally recognised government, backed by Athens, seeks an agreement to abolish intervention rights, with Turkish troops withdrawing from the island on a specific timeline. Turkish Cypriots and Ankara argue for some form of intervention rights and a reduced number of troops remaining in the north. Turkish Cypriots want the conference to focus on broader issues of power-sharing, property rights and territory for the creation of a new federation. Much of the progress to date has been based on strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But that goodwill has appeared frayed in the build-up to their meeting in Switzerland. The Greek Cypriot presidential election next February has also complicated the landscape, as has the government's search for offshore oil and gas, which Ankara argues should be suspended until the negotiations have reached an outcome.