“The only reason why the third temple has not been built, is that a majority of Israelis simply are not interested”
This is a statement by Anshel Pfeffer’s July 16 column in Haaretz. It is again recorded by columnist Judy Montagu in Jerusalem Post.
“For a decade now,” he went on, “there has not been one Jew around the world,” even in Iran, “who was not free to return to Zion” (albeit, in the Iranian case, at a price).
Why mourn an exile that no longer exists?
Moreover, Pfeffer pointed out, “for the first time in the history of the Jews, a majority of them are choosing not to live in an independent Jewish state in Zion – of their own free will.”
Turning to the issue of the destroyed Temples: “The other reason for the day of lamentations” – this, wrote Pfeffer, “was canceled 43 years ago [following the Six Day War], when then defense minister Moshe Dayan, “far from securing the entrances to the Temple Mount for the sappers who would arrive shortly to blow up the mosques, making way for the Third Temple.
Moshe Dayan ordered the Israeli flag removed from the mount and assured the astounded Muslim Wakf officials they would have full control of the area…
“The only reason that the third temple has not been built,” stated Pfeffer, “is that a majority of Israelis simply are not interested.
Secular Jews have no affinity to a priestly caste sacrificing heifers and goats, while the great majority of religious Jews are not very eager themselves.
“The concept of the temple is too distant, and the heavy price Israel would pay for any attempt to remove the mosques does not seem worth it.
That is our democratic decision, not a matter for the Messiah.
“The exile is over,” Pfeffer declared, “and the temple has not been rebuilt because we don’t want to do it.”
Link to the OP-ED.
The basic error of Judy Montagu is to look on this issue only from a human perspective.
How do God of the Bible look on this issue?
Why rebuild a temple in Jerusalem, if no one is interested in God’s very opinion?
Why did He permit His temples in Jerusalem to be destroyed?
Can this issue have something to do with the majority of the Jewish leaders, rejecting the Messiah? Refusing to send the Jews into the World, and testify about the Light of the World?
The Bible says, the Messiah came to his own people, but they received Him not.