While tensions continue to simmer around the Temple Mount after riots in and around the capital’s Old City earlier this month, a new campaign calling for the construction of the Third Temple atop the holy site has made its way to the sides of 200 Egged buses in the city, which now sport posters featuring a picture of a rebuilt temple on the Mount, and nothing else.
The posters, which contain the phrase, “May the Bais Hamikdosh be rebuilt speedily and within our days,” were sponsored by the Our Land of Israel group, which is led by Rabbi Shalom Dov Volpo and activist Baruch Marzel, leave out the site’s current structures – namely the the Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
The campaign’s organizers chose to plaster the posters on buses whose routes take them through predominately Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.
With regards to the campaign, Volpo said Israel is waiting breathlessly for the coming of the messiah and the rebuilding of the temple.
“The Arabs and President Obama know that the Temple will be built on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Instead of the temporary buildings that are there today.”
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, Marzel said it was no mistake that the Islamic shrines were left out of the picture.
“We’re representing the truth, in front of everyone, and saying out loud what every Jew believes,” Marzel said. “That the Third Temple needs to be built immediately on the Temple Mount and that the mosque should not be there.”
“When we reach the end of the Pessah Seder tomorrow night, he continued, “we’ll say, ‘Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem.’ What does ‘rebuilt’ mean? It means with the Third temple intact.”
Marzel brushed off the furor the ads might elicit from the capital’s Muslims, saying, “It upsets them that we’re alive, and that we’re living here.
“If such a basic point is going to piss them off, then we mine as well say what we truly believe and what we pray for three times a day. That is to rebuild the holy temple on top of the Temple Mount, and tomorrow – not to wait any longer.”
YES!!! Rebuild your Temple. I totally agree. That Dome of the Rock belongs to the Jewish people.
If it is true that Baruch Marzel said “p— them off”, it is to his everlasting disgrace. The Jewish people must rebuild Solomon’s temple so the end times bring the return of Jesus Christ and the Messiah who are one in the same. But such language brings us all deserved scorn. The Jews would do well to remember that God dispersed them as a nation to foreign lands twice because of their wicked idolatry and again for 1,878 years because they refused to believe in His only Son.
Has it has taken 2000 years of compromising with the ones who try to destroy us to realize Hashem does not approve of this? Devarim says not to intermarry with them, it is like marrying their idols and hating Hashem. We have been tolerating their filthy rites of human sacrifice and cannabilism to placate evil. They call our Tanach the ‘old testament’ and their books of lies, the ‘new testament”. There is nothing old about the torah, and nothing new about idolatry. What made David so great? He wasn’t afraid to say he messed up and take personal responsibility for it. Hashem honored him for it. Such a huge difference between him and Ben Pandira.
The whole world is awaiting the return of the messiah and the re-building of the temple.Shalom shalom Yerushalayim.