Israeli economist minister and a former aide to terrorist Benjamin Netanyahu, millionaire Naftali Bennett, wants Israeli government not only to annex the West Bank but should administer the operation of Islam’s third most sacred worship place, Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Bennett has served as director of Yeshva Council, the illegal Jewish settlers governing body during 2010-2012. During election campaign, Bennett was quoted saying: “I will do everything in my power to make sure they (Palestinians) never get a state.”
Israeli daily, Ha’aretz, reported on February 17, 2014 that Bennett told a delegation from the US-based Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in occupied Jerusalem on Monday that Israel would like to assume a greater degree of control over the controversial Temple Mount in East Jerusalem.
Bennett said that steps already implemented by his office to exercise greater Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem would ultimately influence the eastern side of Jerusalem, and that will include the Temple Mount. Bennett, also serves as “minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs” in Netanyahu government.
In 2012, Israeli attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein, also claimed that Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of Rock belong to the Zionist entity.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of Rock and the tiny Umar mosque in the old part of East Jerusalem, known as Al-Quds, is currently run by an Islamic Trust organization, known as Waqf, under Jordanian control. Al-Quds was occupied by the Jewish army during 1967 War of Aggression.
In spite of Zionist propaganda, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of Rock are not the same. While the Al-Aqsa Mosque from where the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) began is journey (Miraj) to meet Allah (swt) in person – and was the first Muslim Qibla (direction) to perform their daily five-time prayers – the Dome of Rock is a sort of memorial to that journey rebuilt by Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi after it was destroyed during Christian Franks (Crusaders) rule (1099-1186). It houses several artifacts reminding the Miraj.
Bennett also stressed that the West Bank Jewish settlements were not undermining John Kerry’s efforts to strike a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians – calling the on-going 47-year occupation a “land dispute”. However, according to an Israeli source, Kerry’s peace plan was written by US Jewish Lobby for the Zionist regime.
The so-called “Wailing Wall (Western Wall)”, has never been proven to be part of the Temple Mount (Hakel-e-Suleimani) during the time of King Herod or prophet Jesus (as).