The Jerusalem Post reported today that Al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the PA Ministry of Information, has published a paper arguing that there is no evidence that the Jewish Temple ever stood at the site of the Dome of the Rock mosque and the Jews have no right to the Western Wall.
“The Zionist occupation falsely and unjustly claims that it owns this wall which it calls the Western Wall or Kotel,” Taha, who is also a renowned Palestinian poet and writer, wrote in his project. “The Al-Buraq Wall is in fact the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Is anybody really surprised by this? Not really.
But while the United States and Israel hammer out an agreement to extend the settlement freeze for another 90 days to bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, the Palestinian Authority comes out with this position (granted, it’s not new) while at the same time crying that Israel is destroying any hopes for negotiations. President Clinton was enraged at Camp David when the Palestinians suggested that there was no evidence of a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. What is disappointing is that the United States is not now calling out the Palestinian Authority for its mendacity.