|Third Temple Extremism on a shirt.|
(Ma'an News Agency.)
Some Palestinians have said they are afraid that the State of Israel will one day demolish Al Aqsa Mosque to build a Third Temple. Some people think these Palestinians are just making stuff up and being difficult.
Then this happens:
Radical right-wing Israeli activists gathered in Jerusalem on Monday, where speakers called for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and the construction of a Temple.
The event, held on Mount Scopus, was attended by Likud parliamentarian Miki Zohar. According to an Israeli media report, this is the first time that a sitting member of the Knesset has taken part in the annual event.
Some 400 attendees observed a “a model Passover sacrifice ceremony” in full view of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and heard speeches from various political and religious figures.
[A] Jerusalem city council member ..., referring to the view of Al-Aqsa, stated: “We can see the abomination upon it and we need to wish that even in our days we won’t see it anymore and we’ll see there the altar, the Cohanim and Levi’im and we’ll see ourselves there.” (Israeli parliamentarian attends event where speakers urge destruction of Al-Aqsa, Middle East Monitor, April 19, 2016.)Now it must be stated that at present such a thing is most unlikely. But clear there are Third Temple Extremists among some Israeli Jews. And so long as they say such inflammatory things it will increase tensions.