“Fatah Central Committee member Tawfik Tirawi would accept a state in ‘1967 borders’ – but with end goal of destroying Israel completely.”
Obama vows Washington will not rest until CIA contractor Robert Levinson, missing from Iran for nearly nine years, is found
It beggars belief to think that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran does not know where Robert Levinson is. Either Iran is holding him back as a negotiating card for further concessions from the US, or the will use him to taunt Israel.
“Their [Lewis’s opponents’] skepticism about values is on the surface: it is for use on other people’s values; about the values current in their own set they are not nearly skeptical enough. And this phenomenon is very usual. A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional or (as they would say) ‘sentimental’ values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.”
— C.S. Lewis
Source: Abolition of Man
Many thanks to the MACAT project for sussing this little gem out for me. From the grave, Lewis reminds us that too many ardent unbelievers believe their own ethos to be above debunking.
And he reminds the faithful that our own first obligation is to ask of ourselves and our faiths very hard questions, and to acknowledge the limits of our beliefs.
But the notion that belief that the temples were located on the Temple Mount has more what Gladstone calls “circumstantial evidence” behind it. After all, the Temple Mount is surrounded on one side by the last remnant of the Second Temple, the outer enclosure that is now known as the Western Wall. But as anyone who has visited it in recent decades knows, the Wall is more than just the old pile of stones before which Jews have prayed for 2,000 years. It consists of tunnels and other remnants of Second Temple Jerusalem that make it clear that it was only a piece of the large structure that stood at the center of Jewish life before the Roman destruction. In other words, you don’t have to be an archeological expert or a historian to know that the Temple had to exist on the Mount; you just have to have a working pair of eyes.