Sunday, February 11, 2007

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Palestinian leaders, whether from Fatah or Hamas, have been keen to find an excuse to divert attention from their internal problems.
So it is not surprising that many have jumped on Israel's reconstruction of an access bridge to Jerusalem's Temple Mount. The Prime Minister's Office stated what anyone who bothers to look can see: "The construction of the bridge, located in its entirety outside the Temple Mount, has no impact on the Mount itself, and certainly poses no danger to it."

Palestinian leaders are plainly seeking to use this non event to reignite memories of Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount in 2000, which was used to catalyze the second intifada. This is an attempt to redirect hostility against Israel in the midst of a bloody internal conflict. Such exploitation, so widely endorsed by the Palestinian leadership, is dismaying, if sadly unsurprising. Any real concerns about the salvage and building work should, and patently could, be handled appropriately and calmly, through open dialogue and constructive debate.
(Jerusalem Post)

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