Tell King of Jordan: Allow Jews to pray out loud at Temple Mount!

Temple Mount, Al-Aqsa Mosque
Temple Mount, Al-Aqsa Mosque

It is a well known published fact that Jordan has control of Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount.  It is common knowledge that Jews are only allowed to pray twice a day at their site, and can’t even pray out loud the most important prayer of our faith, the Shema saying, “The Lord is our God, our God is one.”  The same restriction is, of course, not followed by Muslims.

To the “King” Abdullah of Jordan, I request that you allow the Shema to be said out loud by the Jewish people. If you do this, it can help both you and our people. We know that you are in the beginning stages of losing power, no longer controlling your army, with no influence on intelligence.

Your spy, Modar S. Momani, was caught spying here in Israel. Because he was considered a security risk to the country, he was deported by the Government. Despite posing as a media reporter, something he himself has admitted to on his Facebook page, Modar S. Momani was a senior Al-Aqsa Waqf official with a permanent office inside the mosque. 

Muslims and Jews can work together. It does happen in Israel, but you have been the monkey in the middle, more like a pawn than a “king” in this chess game. It is now known that your intelligence desk was behind the recent knife intifada and it shows your hatred for the Jewish people and Israel, especially when our children are the victims.

Along with Hamas and Fatah, we know you have some control over Palestine.  Your ousting is inevitable. I can imagine you may want to seek refuge in Israel, but with all that you have done Israel could take legal action. Your opposition in Jordon, some of whom I know personally, hates you and likes Israel. 

There is one thing you can do to get back on Israel’s good side. Allow Jewish people to say the Shema prayer out loud at the Temple Mount. I truly believe the verse stated in Genesis:

Bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you

You have caused a lot of curses on the nation of Israel and it is coming back to you tenfold. It would be behoove you to do one good thing on your way out. Allow the Jewish prayer Shema to be said out loud. If Islam is a “Religion of Peace” that believes in the same God we do, it should not be an issue. It will show to the world that we can CoExist.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.