The Temple Mount crisis of recent weeks is not over yet. In the Middle East, the fog is perpetually imminent. We brace for violence ahead of Friday prayers — worshippers go to pray, and their prayer puts us on alert for terrorism. Why?
The images that came out of the funerals of three Israeli Arab terrorists in Umm al-Fahm this week told a story of admiration for terrorism. The belligerent rhetoric coming from Islamist leaders and Israeli Arab lawmakers, coupled with Israelis’ sense of humiliation and capitulation, and, above all else, the Muslim efforts to flagrantly declare exclusive sovereignty over the Temple Mount (waving the Palestinian flag over the Temple Mount went one step too far) will end up pushing Israel to return fire.