Weekly Commentary: Lesson From Escape: When Al Aqsa Not Featured Arab Street
Dr. Aaron Lerner 12 September, 2021
When 6 terrorists escaped from an Israeli prison Islamic Jihad called for
Israeli and Palestinians Arabs to take to the streets to interfere with
efforts to recapture them.
The grand total number of Palestinians across all of Judea and Samaria who
answered the call of Islamic Jihad numbered well less than a thousand with
the largest incident accounting for half the total. Only around ten Arabs
were seen chanting their support at Al Aqsa Mosque after Friday prayers.
As for Israeli Arabs, when four of the terrorists we recaptured thanks to
Israeli Arabs who tipped off the police, we learned that the terrorists
couldn't find any Israeli Arab who was willing to help drive them across the
Security officials remained concerned that the Palestinians would lash out
in support of the terrorists and recommended that Jewish New Years movement
restrictions from Judea and Samaria be extended until after Yom Kippur.
Prime Minister Bennett overruled them and those Palestinians employed inside
Israel returned to work on Sunday, So far nothing has happened.
Why did the security experts get it so wrong?
I suspect that they took the terrifying riots earlier this year as their
But, apparently, there is a key difference between the two situations.
The rioting took place because the street bought the line that "al Aqsa is
The escape of 6 terrorist had NOTHING to do with al Aqsa.
How do we use this insight?
In an ideal world, if the Palestinians respected the Saudis, the policy
ramifications would be clear: arrange for the Saudis to take responsibility
for the Temple Mount. While the Palestinians maintain that the entire
Temple Mount - including the areas where Palestinian teenagers can be seen
playing soccer, is holy and off limits to Jews, there are Saudi religious
officials who maintain that the holiness of the Temple Mount is limited to
inside the buildings.
The challenge of neutralizing the "al Aqsa is in danger" call is indeed a
But if there ever was a government equipped to come up with a workable
approach its this one - which include an ISLAMIC PARTY!
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