It appears that a growing band of Israeli messianic settlers have banded together to orchestrate a crisis on the Temple Mount. Their ultimate goal seems to be taking Jewish control over the sacred ground, including two of the holiest sites in Islam, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
My post on Sunday's Jerusalem riot may have left the impression that a Muslim cleric had manufactured the idea that Jews were planning to occupy Muslim site on the Temple Mount. This detailed Richard Silverstein post shows otherwise, though the movement is so far confined to the far right of Israeli politics and religious life (no Rick Santorum jokes, please) :