Israel Planning Third Temple on Al-Aqsa Mosque Site?

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by Stephen Lendman
It’s hard imagining Israel going this far, but who knows, given its longstanding persecution of Occupied Palestinians and its own Arab citizens – 20% of its population unwanted, treated like fifth column threats. 
Al-Aqsa is sacred to Muslims worldwide, Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca’s Sacred Mosque and the Mosque of the Prophet in Madina.
According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), “Israeli institutions and organizations are preparing to build the so-called ‘Third Temple’ in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and are waiting for a political decision to start, Israeli channels reported.”
IMEMC said the scheme has “wide political and popular support.” Israeli television reported readiness to begin the project once an OK is gotten – expected to take three years to complete if undertaken.
An Israeli Channel 2 report last weekend said Women for the Temple are preparing materials needed to begin construction.
Zionist zealots claim “scriptural” backing for the project. Notorious Arab-hating Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel backs it.
Frequent clashes occur when heavily protected extremist settlers provocatively visit the Al-Aqsa compound where they don’t belong.
Muslims consider their trespass part of an Judaization project, Israel intending Jerusalem to be an exclusive Jewish capital – a Third Temple perhaps part of the disturbing scheme.
It remains to be seen if Israel dares try building it, replacing sacred Al-Aqsa or changing its site in any way, risking a mass uprising if undertaken.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.