THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS JEWISH: The former mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrema Sabri, has made the claim that there never was a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall was really part of a mosque. Allah would never have agreed to build a mosque where once a temple used to be. Muslims have been conducting a campaign that has escalated in the past two years to convince the world that there is no Jewish connection with the Old City of Jerusalem. They argue that the Western Wall was a hitching post for a mythical horse ridden by Islam's founder, Muhammad. Historically, the 7th-century Arabian leader never set foot in Jerusalem. However archeologists overseeing Islamic infrastructure work on the Mount announced this week that they had unveiled a sealed archeological level dating back to the First Temple period. Well-known archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University sees the recent revelation of First Temple artifacts on the Temple Mount as further proof that the Temple Mount is Jewish.
Besides all the historic and archaeological evidence there is another proof. Nothing scientific, nothing that will work in a court of law or in an international dispute, but something that is being experienced by all who pay a visit to the Temple Mount. Sammy Benoit, a Jewish author, described this after his first visit to Jerusalem:
"I already felt a strong connection to the Lord at the Kotel (Wailing Wall). There is not another place in the entire world where I felt the same. When I walked down the wooden stairway and through the gate to the Temple Mount I was overwhelmed by emotions that I had never felt before. You know that this is about God. It is about being able to feel the lingering presence of the Shekhinah even though it has been gone for almost two thousand years. All my life I felt a longing to go to Israel. It was more an invitation from my Maker: "Come visit so we can talk." While God is everywhere, I could feel His presence much stronger at the Temple Mount. If you doubt my proof, then I urge you to take a trip to Jerusalem to feel that connection for yourself. I guarantee it will change you forever. But do it very fast, because the prime minister of Israel wants to give it away ……" (published by: Janny Holster & Iris Bouwman)