For many decades we are continuously told by the liberal school of thought, a Pro-Israeli group, that the Palestinian issue is political and not religious. But this liberal narrative got outclassed on 7th May 2021, when the world witnessed the attack of the Israeli forces on a religious place like Al Aqsa Mosque/the 1st Qibla of Muslims.
During the attack, Israeli forces entered the building of the Al-Aqsa by breaking its door, fired rubber bullets, and stun grenades at the Muslim Worshipers. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 205 Palestinian worshippers got injured during the attack.
If the Palestinian issue is more political in nature according to the liberal school of thought, then I ask, why is Israel continuously attacking the 1st Qibla even after taking control of almost the whole of Palestinian Land? Why is this tiny piece of land of Al Aqsa Mosque still important for them, which they are continuously attacking? Can the liberal school of thought now, after this latest attack, give a logical and rational explanation to this?
Well, the rational explanation and the cause of this attack can only be better understood if we study the Zionist school of thought on the subject of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Zionist school of thought also called the Zionist Movement, that brought Israel into its existence and who has strong political lobbies in Europe and the United States, thinks that the Al Aqsa Mosque is the place where the Solomon Temple was built, which was 1st destroyed by the Babylonians and the 2nd destruction happened during the period of Romans under the command of Titus.
This Zionist mindset still exists in the government and political circles of Israel due to which the Israeli authorities continuously put pressure on the Palestinians by attacking the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is known to the Israelis as Temple Mount.
Temple Mount Faithful Movement
In 1967, a former officer of Israel’s Defense Forces, Gershon Salomon established a movement called “Temple Mount Faithful Movement” with the aim to take back the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount and rebuild the 3rd Temple over there.
The group took its bold initiative on 8 October 1990, when they announced that they will take the cornerstones to the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque site and lay the foundation of the 3rd Temple in Israel.
This act provoked the Arabs and caused the 1990 Temple Mount Riot, which resulted in the martyrdom of 17 Palestinians and over 100 had got injured by the Israeli Police. This group is still active and gets significant financial assistance from the United States.
This small “Temple Mount Faithful Movement” of few hundreds of activists has got much influence over the years as its mindset has now got active even in the political circles of Israel.
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The foothold of this group has got very strong in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party as almost half of the members of this party are in favor of the activities of the Temple Mount Movement.
The group has also got a stronghold in the Zehut Party of Israel as the Chairman of the party Moshe Feiglin once said during the Jerusalem Post Conference in Tel Aviv:
“I don’t want to build a (Third) Temple in one or two years, I want to build it now.”
At the end of his speech, he further said:
“To build the Temple I need support, I can’t do it alone,”
The manifesto of the Zehut Party also calls for handing over the control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount to the Chief Rabbinate Authority of Israel and building a synagogue on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
More future attacks?
The aforementioned arguments prove that the latest disrespectful attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not an accident but a preplanned activity, which portrays the mindset that exists in the State Institutions, Government, and the political circles of Israel that call for getting control of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount and rebuilding the 3rd Temple in its place.
Although the Zionist school of thought and its followers have a strong belief that the Al Aqsa Mosque is the place where the Solomon temple was built, however, there is no strong materialistic evidence that can prove this claim.
I believe that the latest attack of the Israeli force on the Al-Aqsa Mosque indicates that the followers of the Zionist school of thought, present in the State institutions and political circles of Israel, are now aiming to speed up the process of rebuilding the 3rd temple.
This 1st attack on Al Aqsa is just the beginning and the attack aimed to see how the Muslim World will react following the incident. And, unfortunately, from the last couple of hours after the attack, the reaction of the Muslim World is almost dead and the mastermind of this attack sitting in Israel would be very much happy with such a dead Islamic response.
I also believe that now following the pin-drop silence of the Islamic World after the 1st attack, the Israeli authorities may conduct more such attacks on Al Aqsa Mosque in the coming future to further test the frequency of the Islamic response.
And then, finally, they will prepare for demolishing the Mosque with heavy machinery or with seismic technology that can create artificial earthquakes to avoid criticism from the Islamic World and the International Community.
Therefore, after the fall of the Al-Aqsa building, they will build up the 3rd temple. This is the blueprint of their plan based on the beliefs of the Zionist school of thought and the execution of this plan has begun with 1st attack on Al Aqsa Mosque on 7th May 2021.
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