Is the Wailing Wall any less holy on any other day?

Jeffery Goldberg has his panties twisted:

Temple Mount Tackiness

Today is Tisha b’Av, the ninth of Av, a Jewish day of fasting and mourning. It is on this day that the First and Second Temples were destroyed. The Western Wall, in Jerusalem, is a retaining wall of the Second Temple. It is, especially on this day, a locus of prayer and reflection. It is also, on this particular Tisha b’Av, the location of a very important photo opportunity for an American presidential candidate.

How vulgar is this?


It seems to me that just about every American politician that visits Israel makes a stop at the Wailing Wall. Is it any less holy any other day of the year?

Would it be “vulgar” for a Jewish politician to visit the Vatican on a Christian holy day? As long as proper respect is paid, what’s the problem? Apparently the crowd in Jerusalem didn’t feel offended. According to ABC News they were warm and welcoming.

This is one of those “damned if you don’t, damned if you do” situations. If Romney had skipped a visit to the Wall the Progs would claim he was being disrespectful.

(h/t Legal Insurrection)

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49 Responses to Is the Wailing Wall any less holy on any other day?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Isn’t it amazing how easily Progs can turn their concern for religion on and off?

  2. votermom says:

    If he hadn’t gone to the Wailing Wall today they would have attacked him for snubbing it on this most holy of days.

  3. imusthavepie says:

    If Obama was there instead of Romney he would be considered brilliant and compassionate.

  4. imusthavepie says:

    4 years ago, July 24, 2008.

  5. myiq2xu says:

  6. angienc says:

    Looks like they’re going back to “wimp” for Romney — guess “mean & scary” wasn’t working out for them like they hoped:

  7. lyn5 says:

    I don’t try to understand where the Progs are coming from anymore. They are just too far up Obama’s ass for me to care.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    Another fauxrage:

    Turns out that Mitt thinks POTUS is a position in Netanyahu’s Cabinet…

    Today Mittens met with Benjamin Netanyahu. He also had a meeting scheduled with the Leader of Israel’s Labor party. Turns out that Netanyahu didn’t think Mitt should meet with his political opposition. Guess what happened:

    Much has been written about the warm personal relationship between the two friends, ex-governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel. Today it has become clear that the two are more than just friends. Romney apparently accepts instructions from Netanyahu who succeeded in getting him to cancel a scheduled and meticulously planned meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party. [snip]

    The meeting was due to take place today, at 1:30 P.M., at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. [snip]

    And then Romney went into a meeting with Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Bureau in Jerusalem. During the course of the meeting the candidate’s staff contacted Herzog to inform him that the meeting had regrettably been cancelled, “for reasons of protocol.” Herzog and Yacimovich have no doubts: Netanyahu, or his people, didn’t approve of the Yacimovich meeting and pressured Romney to cancel it – and succeeded.

    And if Romney had met with Yacimovich after Netanyahu had asked him not to they would criticize Romney for his diplomatic faux pas.

    • angienc says:

      But but . . . wasn’t “violating protocol” the subject of the last raking over the coals the MSM gave Mitt re: no press at the fundraiser? I’m sooooo confused!

    • Erica says:

      He can’t win in their minds.

      I’m curious about who wrote this and where it appeared. If it’s some non news blog, then calling him Mittens may be acceptible. But if this is coming from a supposedly credible news source, it really is degrading both to Romney and to the writer to call him by a derivative name. I am really struggling with how low political discourse has fallen in the past 5 years. All cult of personality, and no principles.

  9. Lulu says:

    It seems the White House was lying its ass off about the Churchill bust after all. They always lie. They didn’t like Romney bringing up what assholes they were about the bust lent as a symbol of solidarity after 9/11.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    Somebody at the Atlantic asked Goldberg if he was fasting today.

    No answer.

  11. It’s not a damned if you do/damned if you don’t situation. It’s a “pathetic & desperate progressives will find any reason” scenario.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Nobody is talking about the Olympics today.

    Is ANYBODY watching?

    (I’m watching the Giants lose to the Dodgers for the third day in a row)

  13. carol haka says:

    Someone whose last name is Goldberg should know better. Judaism is about doing the right thing all day everyday. No special holidays are required to find your way to God by any vehical available. 🙂

  14. HELENK says:

    so where is Jeffery Goldberg’s outrage over this??

    Temple Mount closed to Jews

  15. votermom says:

    he he he

  16. myiq2xu says:

  17. OT: I’ve read better political porn in Playboy. This guy makes Joseph Cannon look normal.

    • Oswald says:

      Last time I checked Crazy Joe was trying to “solve” the Aurora shootings and figure out who the real killer is.

      • Bet it turns out to be Romney.

      • Oswald says:

        Speak of the devil:

        An acceptable bigotry

        Salon’s piece on racism vs. anti-Mormon prejudice misses an important point: It is permissible to insult Mormonism because the religion was invented by a man who was, demonstrably, a con artist.


        For this reason, it is appropriate to denigrate anyone who adheres to Mormonism, Scientology or the Unification Church. Personally, I would never insult a Jehovah’s Witness or a Wiccan. Needless to say, it is never permissible to insult someone else on the basis of race.

  18. yttik says:

    Ann Romney is allegedly fasting, covering her head, not wearing leather, and visiting the woman’s part of the wall. Mitt Romney is respectfully covering his head, visiting the wall, and leaving a prayer.

    Does everyone know what Obama is doing today?

    Playing golf.

    That whoosh sound you hear is the truth flying right over Goldberg’s partisan head.

    • Countdown to when someone in the press removes Romney’s prayer note from the wall, burns it, and makes up whatever they want to say about magic underwear.

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