While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s video tour from Jerusalem omits Muslim sites, Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, it does include a model of the Third Temple some Jewish groups want in place of it.
The iconic mosque and shrine are located on Temple Mount, one of the holiest sites in the world for Muslims, Christians and Jews.
The video posted by the State Department shows Pompeo visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall, followed by a model of the Third Temple, which some groups want to erect on Temple Mount triggering concerns that Muslim sites would be affected.
Great visit to #Israel to meet with good friends @netanyahu & @PresidentRuvi. Built upon our strong partnership for peace, security, and prosperity in the region. My deepest thanks to @USAmbIsrael for hosting me! pic.twitter.com/smskztLE8I— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 22 марта 2019 г.
The Third Temple plays an important eschatological role in Judaism and is associated with the era of the Jewish Messiah. While most Jewish-Orthodox scholars believe the Messiah will ultimately rebuild the Temple, some hardline religious organizations call for an immediate construction of it in the present times.
Trump Tower on Temple Mount?— Southern Fried Infidel (@SFriedInfidel) 22 марта 2019 г.
In the video the model is accompanied by the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about the Golan heights, calling it “hard-fought” real estate.
His visit to the tunnels underneath the Wall and Temple Mount are a not subtle dog whistle to the fringe extremist movement that wants to retake the Temple Mount, blow up Al Aqsa mosque, rebuild the temple and institute a theocracy. It’s despicable. And he should be removed.— Holtby For President (@FrenettMarco) 22 марта 2019 г.
Alright, the Jews get their land back! Time to take back the Temple Mount!— Kana’i (@wailaupoint) 22 марта 2019 г.
Why wouldn’t you show Al Aqsa Mosque or the Golden Dome in your video? Are you denying the existence of The Muslim Palestinians? Was that a new 4 Seasons Hotel you are promoting?— mak (@mkhatib0) 22 марта 2019 г.