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:: Thursday, September 04, 2003 ::

An Arab Army?

Here's a throw-away line at the bottom of a throw-away column at the end of today's edition of the Arab News.

"We must strengthen the position of the Arab League and form a united army to face threats."

Is the Arab League going to merge their armed forces into one fighting force? They, after all, have a history of joining together in order to attack Israel. Are they considering this again?

Knowing that Israel is now nuclear?

The only possible reason they could consider openly attacking Israel is if they have a nuclear deterent.

In other words: Do they now have the bomb? Is the Iran reactor that close to producing one?

:: Peter 9/04/2003 09:35:00 AM [+] ::

Egypt v. Jews

The lawsuit is, on the face, a farce. It has to be. There can be no other way to look at a lawsuit which 1) is just a little past any conceivable statute of limitations and 2) Alexander the Great already ruled against the plaintiff (well, ok, so what he really said was, basically, the Jews have more of a case against the Egyptians for being enslaved than the Egyptians have against the Jews for escaping).

But, every cloud has a silver lining.

"Let's start with the Temple Mount dispute. In an article in The Baptist Standard, (Aug. 21, 2000), Sheikh Ekrima Sa'aid Sabri, the supreme Muslim religious leader, or mufti, of Jerusalem stated in reference to the Temple Mount: "History indicates that the Jews had a temple, but until today, they don't know exactly where it was. It could be in Jericho or Bethlehem. There isn't a single stone here that has a connection with the Jews."
But now, one of the legal leaders in the Arab world has unequivocally stated for the record that the Bible is fact; ergo so is the account contained within it regarding King Solomon's Temple. The place where the Temple Mount is now situated is first mentioned as being a sacred place in Genesis. Mount Moriah, on which the Temple was eventually erected, is known as the spot where Adam was born and where he built an altar to God; where Cain and Abel offered up their sacrifices; and where Noah built an altar after the Flood. Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice on this "mount of the Lord". David bought the site from Araunah "to build an altar unto the Lord"; and finally it was chosen as the site of the permanent altar in the Holy of Holies of Solomon's Temple.
By admitting that the Hebrew Bible is historical fact, one of the premier Arab legal minds confirms the historic Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and contradicts the contention of Sheikh Sabri. In light of this, perhaps it is time to take all necessary legal steps to rid that most sacred spot in Judaism of the late-coming Muslims who not merely lie about its history, but who, through the auspices of the Waqf, are actively destroying any evidence that Jews were there first. At the very least, it is time to remove the Waqf as overseers of the Temple Mount. Their assertion that only Muslims have any historical connection to it has just been proven wrong by one of their own best legal authorities, who has said that the Bible is historical fact."

What a wonderful lawsuit.
:: Peter 9/04/2003 09:15:00 AM [+] ::

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