The First Temple, or “Soloman’s Temple” was built, obviously, during the time of King Soloman, about 950 BCE. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, during the destruction of the city by Nebuchadnezzar. The Second Temple was built soon afterward, and stood for 600 years until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.
The Dome of The Rock was built more than 600 years later, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque a few years after that. As newcomers to the area, the Arabs should recognize that the documented presence of Jews in the area since the time of King David is powerful support for the claim that Jews and Israel have on the Temple Mount. This presupposes that the Arabs and Islam have any claim at all on the land of a sovereign state; an idea that I and many others reject. In fact it wouldn’t even be a point of discussion if it didn’t involve Jews’ self determination. It would be a punch line, much like the native Americans having a claim on Manhattan or Colorado.
In the interest of peace, I call on the Islamic states throughout the world to create a fund specifically for the physical movement of the mosque and the dome to a location more in line with the Koran and its teachings. Since Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Koran, and the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina have abundant land on which to place these buildings, these seem like logical destinations, although the Hashemite Kingdom might have a significant historical and religious claim. But these are issues best left to the religious scholars of Islam and the rulers of their countries.
The immense oil revenue of the Saudi princes could be used to pay for the moves, so that the typical Muslim would not have to donate to the fund, and the growing engineering skills of the Arab world could be directed toward the project, although one would think that it is a straightforward, though large undertaking.
By supporting this project the Islamic world could defuse much of the criticism of their tactics vis-à-vis Israel, the refugee problem, the ongoing terrorism centered around the Temple Mount, and a host of other issues. It would define Islam not as an intransigent political movement bent on conquest, but an accommodating religion determined to live side by side, in peace, with its neighbors.
If this is unacceptable, then my second solution is also workable: Blow them up and sell the rubble. I am sure that Steiner Sports would be able to manage the sale. The proceeds could go toward compensation for the hundreds of thousands of victims of Islamic terrorism and violence.
Either way the locus of strife in the heart of the capital of Israel would be gone.