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)