Weekly Commentary: Irrecoverable Losses Due to "Prison Warden" Approach at
the Temple Mount
Dr. Aaron Lerner 13 April 2023
The primary goal of prison wardens is to reach retirement with a minimum of
Perhaps the best example of how this goal distorts policy is the decision of
the Israeli prison wardens not to power up the scramblers they have, which
would render the mobile phones smuggled into the prisons useless.
This same "prison warden" approach over the years in the Temple Mount area
has cost us dearly.
Time and again, the Waqf, which controls the Temple Mount, has engaged in
massive efforts to demolish any and all archaeological evidence of the
Jewish past at the site of the First and Second Temples.
The tiny ancient items sifted from the rubble dumped by the Waqf provide
only a small inkling of the archaeological artifacts that will never be
found because the Waqf wantonly demolished them in operations that the
Israeli "prison warden" approach effectively sanctioned.
Thanks to the Israeli "prison warden" approach, Jews and non-Muslim tourists
risk their lives daily as they cross the condemned temporary wooden Mughrabi
Bridge built in 2004 after the collapse of an ancient stone ramp. Everyone
knows that the temporary bridge is falling apart, but each "prison warden"
opts to hope that the bridge doesn't collapse while he is in charge rather
than face the trouble associated with replacing it.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
Under the Israeli "prison warden" approach, the Temple Mount does not have
either the metal detectors and security checks which ALL those entering the
Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) that surrounds the Kaaba in Mecca are subject
to, or the surveillance cameras which the Saudis monitor 24/7 in the Grand
The "prison warden" approach may very well serve the short-term interests of
the "wardens," but it most certainly does not serve the interests of the
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