Don’t you just love how the Jewish nationalists in Israel are leading the polls for the upcoming elections? Imagine a Far-Right Israeli Electorate. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Israelis haven’t become radicals. They’ve just abandoned the delusion of peace with the Muslims forced on them by outside influences.
Global Post Jeremy Gimpel, an American-born candidate running in next week’s Israeli elections, has inflamed the race after video surfaced of him asking what would happen if two mosques on Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock were blown up and replaced.
Demolishing the Dome of the Rock is a commandment, and a major one. Jews are not commanded to expurgate other religions from the face of the Earth, but merely on the tiny plot God gave us.
Gimpel, a candidate for the right-wing religious party Habayit Hayeudi, made the comments during a speech to a Fellowship Church gathering in Winter Springs, Florida, on Nov. 13, 2011.
Former foreign minister, and current left wing candidate, Tsipi Livni has called for Gimpel’s removal on the grounds of inciting violence.
Gimpel has defended himself by saying the comments broadcast this weekend were taken out of context. He said he was lecturing the group about the book of Ezra, and tried to make it more impactful for the audience.
“I made a few jokes and you clearly hear the audience laughing,” he told The Jerusalem Post. “This is a cheap political attack and I would urge anyone to watch the video in its entirety and decide for yourselves.” To reinforce their point, critics found another video that featured Gimpel saying the Dome of the Rock “doesn’t really belong there.”