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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 19, 2013 9/11 memorial designer comes of age as urban architect By Abigail Klein ISRAEL21c The New York Times re- cently went shopping with the Israeli-American architect Michael Arad, revealing how lhis designer of the Nation- al September 11 Memorial scours Manhattan toy stores for unusual building-block sets to construct miniature villages with his three young children. The devoted dad last fall completed a "green roof" on his oldest child's school building. In May, he was back in Israel to speak about his main area of expertise-- urban architecture--at the 2013 Jerusalem International Tourism Summit. He also guest lectured at Hebrew Uni- versity and met with a group of wounded Israeli veterans about asmall proposed memo- rial in Israel "that could be By Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA)--No praying. No kneeling. No bow- ing. No prostrating. No danc- ing. No singing. No ripping clothes. These are the rules that Jews mustabide bywhenvisitingthe Temple Mount, the site where the First and Second Holy Temples once stood, located above and behind the Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City. Although the area is un- der Israeli sovereignty, the mount known to Muslims as Haramal-Sharif--is controlled The Fifth Street Farm project The memorial under construction. Wikimedia Commons Michael Arad very gratifying on a personal level," he tells ISRAEL21c. The son of Moshe Arad, Israel's former ambassador to the United States, the 43-year- old architect clearly has come of age since his model for the memorial beat out 5,200 other entries in a 2004 international competition. Between the time his de- sign won and the time it was completed in September 2011, Arad received much press for his emotional struggle to shield his concept from myriad changes suggested by various stakeholders. Today, he speaks of that periodwith calm equanimity; even gratitude. "The tone of the memorial came through unchanged, and that's a testament to the hard work of so many people," he tells ISRAEL21c. "[New York] Mayor Bloomberg and his deputies shepherded the process through and gave us the opportunity to respond to challenges to the design process." About seven million people have so far visited the memo- rial and surrounding park at the former World Trade Center site. Pools in each footprint of Wikimedia Commons The World Trade Center memorial the downed twin towers are fed by the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, and surrounded by bronze Designer on page 17A Holy work or troublemaking? Laying groundwork for Third Temple recent visit. "The name of the God of Jacob will protect you." On previous visits to the mount, Richman says he's sung the entire Hallei prayer under his breath. A frequent presence on the mount who knows the guards by name, Richman is the international director of the Temple Institute, an organiza- tion based in the Old City with a singular goal: to rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Ahead of Tisha b'Av, the fast day last week that com- memorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples, the institute released a video showing Jewish children don- ning tool belts and leading their fathers out of synagogue to begin construction of the Holy Temple. "Our goal is to fulfill the com- mandment of 'They shall make a Temple for me and I will dwell among them,' "Richman says, quoting Exodus. "The basis of a Torah life is action." Following the Second Tem- ple's destruction in 70 C.E., most rabbis adopted the posi- tion that Jewish law prohibits reconstructing the Holy Tem- ple prior to the age of messianic Temple on page 19A by the Islamic Wakf, a joint Palestinian-Jordanian religious body. As the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, whose golden dome overlooks the city, the Temple Mount attracts daily crowds of Muslim worshipers. Under Wakf regulations, Jews may only access the mount for 4 1/2 hours per day and are forbidden from praying there. Butwhen RabbiChaim Rich- man stands only feet from the Dome of the Rock, surrounded by Muslim visitors, he whispers a chapter of Psalms. "Godwill answeryou on your day of trouble," he mutters on a Ben Sales/JTA Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute, standing next to a replica of the holy ark at an exhibit of Third Temple vessels in the institute's offices in Jerusalem. With his attention focused on a situation that is stable, relative to its immediate sur- roundings, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has left many in Israel wondering if the U.S. has its foreign policy priorities straight--particularly in the Middle East. Kerry has visited Israel and the Palestinian territories five times since he started his new post in February (with the sixth, scheduled for July 11, expected to be canceled because of his wife's health) in an effort to restart peace negotiations. The recent push comes at a time of tremendous regional instability, with the ongo- ing civil war in Syria, anti- Islamist protests in Turkey, and a new president in Iran, as well as deadly rioting in Egypt following the depos- ing of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi--a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. "The fact that the admin- istration, represented by the Secretary of State, has chosen to be preoccupied with the Pal- estinian issue proves that they have ignored a fundamental principle. If you are smoth- ered by lethal sandstorms, don't be preoccupied with the tumbleweeds," Arnb. Yoram Ettinger, former Minister of Congressional Affairs in Israel's Embassy to the U.S., told "I don't think this initiative will yield any positive results," Ettinger said. According to Ettinger, the latest peace push demon- strates that Kerry mistakenly assumes that the Palestinian issue is a core cause of Middle East turbulence. "The recent developments on the Arab Street are totally independent of the Palestin- Jan issue, which has never been a Midd!e East pace-set- ter," Ettinger said. "Being preoccupied with the Palestinian issue diverts valuable resources and atten- tion away from much more critical threats tovital Ameri- can economic and defense interests," he said. A new study by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University indicates that Ettinger's voice is not alone. According to the poll, 71 percent of Jewish Israelis and 72 percent of Arab Is- raelis believe that Kerry's initiative has a low chance of succeeding in restarting negotiations. Furthermore, only 29 per- cent of Israeli Jews and 47 percent of IsraeliArabs believe that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will lead to peace in the coming years. According to Ettinger, the existing peace agreements that Israel has signed with its neighbors--including the Israel-Egypt peace agreement of 1977 and the Israel-Jordan peace agreement of 1994- have been Israeli initiatives, with the U.S. participating only after the processes had been started. "Since 1949 there have been a litany of American initia- tives and none of them have produced peace," Ettinger said. "All of them have radical- ized Arab expectations, and increased terrorism, because every time the U.S. proposes something, the Arabs have to outflank them from the hawkish side, because the Arabs cannot be seen as less hawkish than the Americans." "We are talking about a very negative impact on the peace process, not a positive one," he said. According to a report in London'sAI-Hayat newspaper, renewed negotiations would be given a six-to-nine month window to produce results. As part of the call to negotiations, Israel would be required to release Arab prisoners jailed prior to the 1993 OsloAccords and to freeze all construc- tion in West Bank Jewish communities outside of the major blocs. Further, Israel would be required to allow Palestinians to build in Area C, land desig- nated as part of the 1993 Oslo agreement as being under full Israeli military and civilian control. Kerry is simultaneously calling for $4 billion worth of investments in the Palestin- ian Authority. Ettinger contends that Kerry's renewed peace push misleads the public by insinu- ating that Israeli concessions and foreign investment can deliver peace, which numer- ous initiatives have demon- strated is not the case. Furthermore, according to Ettinger, the push for a Palestinian state runs directly counter to American and Israeli interests. "The creation ofa Palestin- ian State would add another anti-U.S, vote at the United Nations. A Palestinian State would doom one of the few remaining pro-American regimes in the Middle East, namely Jordan, and gives the false impression that US- Israel relations are based on the creation of Palestinian State," Ettinger said. "A Palestinian State would provide a tailwind to Islamic terrorism, as evidenced by the terror-driven hate-education instituted by Mahmoud Abbas and by the PLO, which has been the role model of inter- national terrorism," he said. Israel, in sharp contrast to the Palestinian Authority and other countries in the Middle East, "increasingly shines as the only stable, credible, capable, democratic and un- conditional ally of the US in the Middle East and beyond," according to Ettinger. "U.S.-Israei rela- tions have not evolved around the Palestinian issue, but around shared values (dating back to the 17th century), mutual threats and joint commercial, defense and homeland security interests," he said. As the fall of previously stable dictators in the Middle East, such as President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, has dem- onstrated, the stability of peace agreements cannot necessarily be guaranteed long-term. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is 78 years old, suffers from low popularity and factional infighting, and has been ruling without a mandate since Palestinian Authority elections were indefinitely postponed in 2009--due to fears that the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Hamas would take over. An agreement signed with Abbas--who could be as- sassinated for signing any agreement with Israel--may quickly breakdown. "As for Kerry's initiative, and Israel's willingness to cau- tiously engage in a renewed process, you have to ask policymakers why they take erroneous steps," Ettinger said. "This initiative runs contrary to the interests of the U.S., the peace process, and U.S.-Israel relations." By Alex Traiman John Kerry drawing concern for focus on peace process, rather than Middle East upheaval