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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 28, 2017 From page 1A are affiliated with Hamas and were "raised on the same petri dish" as the global movement of Islamic State and other Muslim terror groups. There have been numerous cases of weapons stockpiling on the Temple Mount in recent years, with multiple incidents of stone-throwing and fire- bombing. Last Friday's attack was the first major incident in recent years involving automatic weapons. "Many times within the Al-Aqsa mosque, we discov- ered several hiding places, stockpiled with means to kill," Berko said, referring to his time with the Israel Police. According to Dr. Mordechai Kedar--a researcher at Bar- Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a leading scholar on Arab culture, who served for 25 years within the IDF's mili- tary intelligence units--the Temple Mount has long been a source of radical Islamic incitement against Israel and the U.S. "There are hundreds of recordings of sermons from the Temple Mount, replete with violence, replete with incitement against the Jews, against Israel. And unfortu- nately, Israel just lets it go," Kedar told Kedar said the violence stems "from an ideological imperative to prevent Israeli sovereignty," noting that in Muslim doctrine, Islam "can- not exist side by side" with another religion, and that "within Islam there is only the concept of one religion being dominant over the other." "Muslims do not want Jews in the land of Israel, especially in Jerusalem, and particularly on the Temple Mount. Islam, as a religion, cannot accept a Jewish state. They view Judaism as a threat on Islam," said Kedar, adding that while murderous acts are considered unholy to Jews and Westerners, acts of martyr- dom can be considered holy in Islamic culture. Determination to prevent future attacks Understanding Islamic culture and using it to develop sound policies is a key to preventing further violence, according to both Berko and Kedar. "They areviolent, but if they face an iron wall, they will re- treat--once they understand that they cannot defeat us," Kedar said. "And this is now left for the state of Israel, to decide whether Israel will suc- cumb to the dictates of Islam, or not. The more determined Israel is in this regard, the better the chances that this round of violence will be short, and on low gear." For more than a decade, worshippers or tourists wish- ing to visit the adjacent West-~ ern Wall--a site revered by Jews in absence of full permis- sion to enter and pray on the Temple Mount--have been forced to pass through metal detectors, despite the fact that there have been no recently recorded incidents of Jews seeking to commit acts of ter- ror at the site. Now these same measures are being installed on the Temple Mount, where tens of thousands of Arabs can gather to pray on Fridays and during the month of Ramadan. Berko noted that recom- mendations for stricter secu- rity measures at the Temple Mount were presented in 2014, "but they were not implemented." He stressed the sensitivities Israel must contend with when dealing with Jordan, which controls the Islamic Waqf; the Pales- tinians, many of whom are employed by the Waqf; and Muslims who pray on the site. Muslims with a stake in the issue object to the stricter security measure, Berko said, "because they are afraid. They view this move not as a step to protect their own prayers, or to protect the mosque, but rather they treat it as an attempt by Israel to control AI-Aqsa." In addition to the new metal detectors, Berko said Israel must strengthen the powers of police around the Temple Mount, improve surveillance, and strengthen coordination between the police and the Shin Bet security agency to gather better intelligence on attacks before they occur. "The only ones that can prevent AI-Aqsa from turning into a base for terror opera- tions," he said, "are the Israeli police." From page IA ian Authority that does not cease," said Betty Ehrenberg, the WJC's executive director for North America. "In the in- terest of protecting the safety and security of all visitors to the Temple Mount and in keeping the peace at the holy site, the metal detectors need to remain in place, as they are at the Western Wall and in many sensitive and holy places around the world, including Mecca and the Vatican." B'nai B'rith Interna- tional said in a statement provided to that the Israeli government "cannot look the other way in the face of acts of violence, especially in light of the killings of its police officers. Metal detectors are one way, used globally, to keep the public safe. There may be other methods, as well, but doing nothing is not an option." The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has not taken a position on the issue, but several prominent Conservative rabbis are speaking out in favor of the metal detectors. Writing from Israel, Rab- bi Neil Cooper of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, near Philadelphia, pointed out that not only do many Is- raeli malls and restaurants have metal detectors, but in addition, "When one enters the Western Wall Plaza, one is required to pass through metal detectors. It is expected, anticipated and reasonable." Cooper said he was surprised to learn that metal detectors have not been used on the Temple Mount until now. "It should be welcomed by everyone who abhors violence and will impede those desiring to harm others," he said. Rabbi Joel Meyers, execu- tive vice president emeritus of Conservative Judaism's Rabbinical Assembly, not- ed, "Most of us in the United States go through metal detectors daily in order to enter public buildings and most Israelis go through metal detectors to even enter a shopping mall, so if needed to help security on the Temple Mount, there should be no discussion." Among dovish groups, Dr. Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), told, "IPF's position is that metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount are a commonsense and relatively unobtrusive way to protect the safety of both Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount and its environs, and that erecting them does not alter the site's status quo." Americans for Peace Now agreed that "security mea- sures are obviously neces- sary at this spot," although the organization added that it "reserves judgment on the specifics of the security tools utilized in Jerusalem's Holy Basin." From page 3A rity assistance to Israel and pursued the Iran deal because he believed it to be the only means to keep Iran free of nuclear weapons. Hagee in a passing remark said that under Obama, America took in fewer Chris- tian refugees from the Middle East--a myth popular among the former president's critics. Nearly half of all the refugees taken in by the U.S. since 2013 are Christians, and Christian refugees were disproportion- ately represented among the Syrian refugees absorbed from that country's civil war. As he has in the past, Pence offered assurances that the U.S. Embassy in I-sraelwould move to Jerusalem. "I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," he said. "It is not a question of if, it is only when." As Indiana governor and before that as a congressman, Pence had a long and intimate relationship with the pro- Israel community. His state was among the first to pass laws targeting the boycott Israel movement. "For my part, like all of you, my passion for Israel springs from my Christian faith," he said. "The songs of the land and the people of Israel were the anthems of my youth." Trump, by contrast, had few Israel affiliations before his presidential run, although he has always had plenty of Jews in his orbit, not least his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. At his first encounter as a candidatewith a Jewish group, in December 2015, when he spoke to the Republican Jew- ish Coalition, Trump said he would prefer to remain neutral on the Israeli-Palestinian con- flict and would not commit to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump eventually adjusted his views on Israel to bring them mostly in line with the pro-Israel right, and enthusiasm for the president among the CUFI membership remains high. Hagee, launch- ing the conference Monday morning, just had to mention Trump's name to elicit huge cheers. Notably, however, Hagee also coupled Trump's name with Pence. "God has provided Israel with friends like President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who are standing by Israel's side and determined to defeat every boycott of the Jewish state," he said, repeating himself to be heard above the cheers. Pastor Scott Thomas, who heads CUFI's Florida opera- tions, said Trump's adventwas a relief in and of itself. "We're very encouraged by the disappearance of day- light between the U.S. and Israel relations," he told JTA in an interview, an allusion to Obama's rejection of the con- cept of "no daylight" between the United States and Israel at the outset of his presidency. "We want to see that closer and we believe this Trump administration is bringing that. We love the affinity that we've seen witnessed between Trump and Netanyahu." CUFI remains ostensibly nonpartisan--there were no Democrats speaking at the conference, but they were invited, staff said. But deference to bipartisan- ship, eagerly observed once upon a time, was treated almost as an amusing after- thought at this conference. Quipped John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "Unlike the last eight years--that's sort of a random number--we don't have bad state-to-state relations with the government of Israel anymore." JTA Washington intern Giovanna Paz contributed to this report. 457 983 612 839 264 175 396 748 521 286319 451726 379485 524167 197538 863294 715842 632951 948673 From page 13A The Israeli attack came early Monday morning after two rocket attacks Sunday on Israel--in the morning and late evening. Both rockets fell in open areas and did not cause any damage, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The Code Red siren alerts were not sounded since both rockets were heading toward unpopulated areas. There were no reports on damages or casualties in the retaliatory attack. New Jersey town orders religious boundary taken down (JTA)--A town in New Jer- sey has ordered an Orthodox Jewish organization to take down its eruv, or religious boundary, by early next month. Mahwah, which is located across the New York state border, told the South Mon- sey Eruv Fund to remove the white plastic piping from util- ity poles that it uses for the symbolically enclosed area by Aug. 4. An eruv allows obser- vant Jews to carry objects and push strollers outside of their homes on Shabbat. The Orthodox community told The Associated Press that it had been given permission to hang the piping by the utility company But town officials said the piping is banned because it is consid- ered signage. More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition calling for the eruv to be taken down. Many of the dozens of comments accompanying the petition, titled "Protect the Quality of our Community in Mahwah," refer to "these people" and express concerns about falling property values. Most of them are anonymous. "I don't want these rude, nasty, dirty people who think they can do what they want in our nice town," one of the comments reads. Another says: "I do not want the town of Mahwah to turn into an undesirable place to live. These people do not assimilate with other people outside their community. I do not want them controlling our school board and siphon- ing funds for their yeshivas. Also, they buy houses which they claim is for religious purposes and do not pay taxes. They should stay where they are and leave our town alone." New York Times names David Halbfinger new Jerusalem bureau chief (JTA)--The New York Times has named David Halbfinger, its deputy na- tional editor, to serve as the newspaper's Jerusalem bureau chief. Halbfinger, a 20-year vet- eran of the Times, has served as a reporter for the metro, national and culture sections. He also covered John Kerry's presidential run in 2004. The Times' announcement called the Israel post "one of the scrutinized (and most prestigious) jobs in journal- ism." "He has written hard- hitting investigations of corrupt public officials and businessmen, murderous prison guards, law-breaking Hollywood moguls, roamed his native Long Island, the Bronx, and eight states in the South, left a big mark in New Jersey, covered John Kerry's presidential run and helped lead the politics team in New York," Times International Editor Michael Slackman and Deputy International Editor Greg Winter said in the an- nouncement of Halbfinger's appointment. On Twitter, Halbfinger said the new job was "A dream fulfilled." He will begin work after Labor Day. His wife and three children will move to Jerusalem in August. The family are members of Congregation Shomrei Emu- nab in Montclair, New Jersey. The synagogue is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Halbfinger succeeds Ian Fisher, who took the posi- tion in January after Peter Baker, who had served there for one year, left to cover Donald Trump's presidency in Washington, D.C. Fisher, who has been at the Times for 28 years, will spend the next year with his family in Italy, according to the newspaper.