Al Aqsa is the name of the Mosque located on the Temple Mount of Jerusalem. But what is the story of the history of the Mosque in Jerusalem? Hear the entire story from some historians with a deep understanding of the holiness of Al-Aqsa.
Professor Mordechai Kedar is one of the most insightful Israeli professors who understands the complex Arab point of view. He understands them as he understands and speaks Arabic fluently. That is the key to truly understanding the Arab point of view.
Temple Mount as a Focal Point
The Temple Mount is often called the most hotly contested location in the world. Although that may be an overstatement, there is definitely a lot of truth to that statement. For the Jewish people, there is absolutely no place that is holier than the Temple Mount in the world. It is the location where the Temple stood for 410 years and then for 420 years. The central focal point of the Jewish people has always been – for more than three thousand years – the Temple in Jerusalem. Even in the more than 2,000 years that the Temple was destroyed, it was the focal point. Yearning to rebuild the Temple is always part of the prayers of the Jewish people. Prayers for the Temple are part of every wedding, Passover Seder and Yom Kippur Service – the highlights of the Jewish Year.
Anit-Jewish Attitudes on the Temple Mount
Whenever anyone tries to discuss the importance of Al Aqsa to the Arabs as opposed to the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people, they miss out on the key point. It doesn’t matter if the Arabs have a strong connection to the mosque. What matters is that the entire Arab claim to any part of the Land of Israel is driven more by anti-Jewish attitudes and less by a genuine connection to any specific location. But in order to truly understand that, one needs to listen to Arab preachers – in Arabic.