|This article appears in the November 3, 2000 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Temple Mount Fanatics Foment
a New Thirty Years' War
by an EIR Investigative Team
special report was prepared by Salvatore Montagna, Jeffrey Steinberg, Michele
Steinberg, Scott Thompson, and Anton Chaitkin. This article represents only a
brief summary of the voluminous material gathered by the task force since the
Nov. 4, 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. A
comprehensive Special Report, featuring the transcripts of many of the
key interviews, and scores of heretofore secret documents, is now in
On Oct. 16, Israeli police turned back members of the Temple Mount and Land
of Israel Faithful Movement, as they attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock to
anoint the cornerstone of a Third Temple. It was an extraordinary provocation,
given that, for the previous 17 days, the Israeli military and police had been
waging a round-the-clock shooting war against Palestinian protesters, armed
mostly with stones. Dozens of Arab demonstrators had already been killed, and
Jerusalem was about to explode in religious warfare.
An earlier press release by the Temple Mount Faithful had claimed that "the
event has the approval of the Israeli authorities and will be protected by the
Israel security forces."
The press release, written by Faithful leader Gershon Salomon, proclaimed,
in blood-curdling language, "Now it is the time to rebuild the House of G-d on
the holy Temple Mount, the location of the First and Second temples. G-d is
ready for this and He expects Israel to re-liberate the Temple Mount from the
pagan Arab worshippers and to rebuild His house to again be the heart, soul,
and focus of Israel and all the nations. . . . Come and see for
yourself what G-d is doing with Israel at this great time and be a part of this
major end-time event."
Had the Israeli authorities allowed these Temple Mount fanatics to carry out
their provocation--the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are among the
holiest sites in Islam and have been the targets of scores of terrorist attacks
by Jewish "Temple Mount" terrorists--a holy war of incalculable consequences
would have erupted.
Just three weeks earlier, Israeli authorities had permitted Ariel
Sharon, the head of the Likud bloc, the notorious "Butcher of Sabra and
Shatilla" Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and a leading player in the
Temple Mount apparatus, to enter the site, accompanied by thousands of Israeli
security personnel. Sharon's Sept. 28 appearance triggered the Arab protests,
which were followed by deadly-force Israeli retaliation. In a matter of days,
the entire Mideast peace process was in shambles, and war just a moment away.
Such is the horrific power of religious warfare in the Middle East--in the
hands of lunatic zealots.
On the day when Sharon staged his well-financed provocation at the Temple
Mount, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in New York City had reported that
they were hours away from concluding an agreement, that would have restored the
momentum to the peace process. The peace process had come to a screeching halt
the instant that President Bill Clinton, under the influence of Vice President
Al Gore and some treacherous advisers on the President's Mideast team, had
convinced the President to raise the issue of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem at
the Camp David summit last July. Lyndon LaRouche described the insertion of the
Temple Mount issue into the peace talks as "President Clinton's greatest
At the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York City at the beginning of
September, President Clinton had met, separately, with Arafat and Barak, and
extracted a commitment to attempt, once again, to reach a final agreement.
Sources indicate that, this time around, the issues of Jerusalem and the Temple
Mount were to be deferred, in favor of a more limited, but acceptable
It was at that moment that Sharon played the "Temple Mount card," and,
literally, all holy hell broke loose.
The Invisible Chain of Command
It is no secret that Sharon is the most visible and prominent "godfather" of the Temple Mount fanatics inside Israel. The Ateret Cohanim yeshiva, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is one of the hubs of Jewish underground guerrilla warfare activity, directed against the Islamic holy sites on the Temple Mount. Sharon has been a fixture at New York fundraisers of the Friends of Ateret Cohanim, as has his ostensible rival within the Likud, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sharon has reportedly been the conduit of millions of dollars to the Gush Emunim movement of Rabbi Moshe Levinger and the late Rav Zvi Yehuda Kook, which serves as a religious fundamentalist death squad, out of the Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron, on the West Bank, and out of at least 130 other settlements dotted throughout the Israeli occupied territories, which Gush Emunim cadre have founded since the late 1960s.
(In February 1994, shortly after the signing of the Oslo I Accords at
the White House, a Kiryat Arba fanatic in the Israeli Defense Forces reserves,
Baruch Goldstein, massacred scores of Islamic worshippers as they prayed at the
Cave of the Patriarchs mosque in Hebron. Goldstein is heralded as a hero and a
martyr by the Gush Emunim.)
Through months of investigation, more than 30 interviews, and a review of
thousands of pages of primary source documents, some never previously made
public, EIR has established that the entire Temple Mount provocation is
being run, top-down, by the most lunatic elements within the highest levels of
British Freemasonry--with the blessing and involvement of members of the House
This Masonic control is exerted through the Quatuor Coronati "research"
lodge of the Grand Mother Lodge of British Freemasonry, headed by the Queen's
first cousin, the Duke of Kent, and run on a day-to-day basis by the Seventh
Marquess of Northampton (Spencer "Spenny" Douglas David Compton), a maternal
descendant of the Baring family, of British East India Company notoriety.
Lord Northampton, who has been atop the Temple Mount conducting "Temple
studies," candidly has admitted in interviews, that he is an adherent of
British Israelism, which holds that the British oligarchy has mystical powers,
because England was colonized by one of the lost tribes of Israel. "I think the
tradition of the Kabbalah is very strong in England, because I think one of the
lost tribes came to England. And I think you can spot them, quite clearly, in
old English families. I am sure you can. I know they came to Ireland, then to
the north of Wales, and then down into England. And then that became some of
the oldest families we have."
He ranted on that America, too, had been colonized by another of the lost
Tribes. "That was all predicted, that one would go to Hyperborea, the land of
the north, and one would go across the sea. And so I think that America and
England got the Two Lost Tribes, and that is why they then, in a very
intellectual Jewish way, started to run the world!"
Lord Northampton is, by his own admission, a practitioner of the Satanic
rituals of Aleister Crowley. Indeed, as he explained to an interviewer, Lord
Northampton installed one of the world's leading "scholars" of the Golden Dawn
cult, R.A. Gilbert, as the editor-in-chief of Ars Quatuor Coronarum, the
theoretical journal of the lodge. Crowley had written an account of his
"spiritual progress" in magic and Satanism under the title The Temple of
Solomon the King.
The Jerusalem Lodge
December 1995, the "Jerusalem" freemasonic lodge was established, adjacent to
the Temple Mount, in the Grotto of King Solomon, to work for the rebuilding of
Solomon's Temple. The lodge worked side by side with the on-the-ground networks
of Jewish and Christian fundamentalist fanatics, to foment a bloody religious
war over the control of the Temple Mount. That such a lodge would be founded
shortly after the Israel-Palestine peace breakthroughs at Oslo--and just weeks
after the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, an architect
of that peace--is surely no coincidence.
The Jerusalem Lodge was founded by the Grand Master of Italian Regular
Freemasonry, Giuliano di Bernardo, the right-hand man of Lord Northampton on
the Temple Mount project. At the ceremony launching the Jerusalem Lodge, Di
Bernardo declared, "The rebuilding of the Temple is at the center of our
studies." In June 1996, Di Bernardo published an Italian edition of his book,
Rebuilding the Temple, which was to be published in English by the
Quatuor Coronati Lodge.
In interviews, Di Bernardo candidly admitted that he has constructed an
entire irrationalist "utopian" belief system, centered on the revival of Jewish
Cabbalism and the rebuilding of the Temple. "A new utopia may be based on the
Cabbala. I see a utopia based on Jewish mysticism, but Jewish mysticism as a
place . . . a material place, Solomon's Temple. . . . This
is my intention. This is my will!"
Di Bernardo also let slip that Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
director Abe Foxman is a collaborator in the Temple Mount project. Di Bernardo
revealed that, while Foxman lacks intellectual capital, Lord Northampton and he
had met Foxman in Switzerland, just prior to the launching of the Jerusalem
Lodge, to discuss their project, and have met with him on several other
occasions. "There are strong relations between B'nai B'rith and Freemasonry,"
Di Bernardo explained.
The role of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge in the Temple Mount plot significantly predates the launching of the Jerusalem Lodge. Dr. Asher Kaufman, a corresponding member of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, did some of the first post-war archaeological "studies" of the Temple Mount, laying the foundations for the upsurge of Jewish fundamentalist assaults on the site. He was personally dispatched to Jerusalem by the lodge's Dr. T.E. Allibone, a senior figure in the British Royal Society, and one of Britain's preeminent nuclear physicists, who served for 30 years as the "Lord of the Manor" of Britain's most top-secret nuclear weapons laboratory at Aldermaston.
Another key figure, whose work has dovetailed with the Quatuor Coronati
activities on Temple Mount, is the Dutch-born architect Leen Ritmeyer, who
received his doctorate from Manchester University in England on the design of
Solomon's Temple. Ritmeyer's work in Israel, in which he claims to have
discovered the resting place of the lost Ark of the Covenant inside the Dome of
the Rock, has been almost wholly financed by Lord Jacob Rothschild, the son of
the late Lord Victor Rothschild, and the head of Rothschild Investment Trust.
The Rothschilds are at the very center of the British oligarchy's "Club of the
Isles" (see "The True Story Behind the Fall of the House of Windsor," EIR
Special Report, September 1997, for an in-depth profile of the Club of the
Isles), the inner elite of policymakers, senior intelligence officials, City of
London financiers, and raw materials barons, who are centered around the Royal
Consort, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Another Dimension of the Assault
the deployment of Dr. Asher Kaufman to Jerusalem in 1967, just weeks after the
conclusion of the Six Day War in June, another dimension was added to the
Temple Mount assault. An extensive network of American-based Christian
fundamentalists, largely associated with the Darbyite movement and its Dallas
Theological Seminary, soon were linked up to the Temple Mount operations under
way inside the Old City of Jerusalem, which was now in the hands of Israeli
authorities for the first time in 1,900 years.
Through Temple Mount Faithful founder Stanley Goldfoot, a member of the
Stern Gang terrorist underground, Dr. Lambert Dolphin, a physicist at the
Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California, was brought to Jerusalem
in the early 1980s. Dolphin had already been in correspondence with Kaufman,
but it was Goldfoot who put the Quatuor Coronati field operative, Kaufman,
together with the Darbyite fundamentalist, Dolphin. During World War II,
Goldfoot had worked for Lord Martin Charteris, then-British intelligence
station chief for the Middle East, and later, private secretary to Queen
Soon, massive amounts of money from American-based Darbyite Christian
fundamentalists began pouring into the Jerusalem operations, aimed, ultimately,
at blowing up the Muslim holy sites at the Temple Mount, and building the Third
Temple. The American Jerusalem Temple Foundation was one early source of
financing for this insane effort. According to Dolphin's exhaustive writings,
now posted on his website, another big source of largesse has been Chuck
Missler, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and CEO of a string of U.S. defense
companies, who runs a Darbyite publishing firm, Koinonia House, which
propagandizes for the destruction of the Islamic sites and the building of the
Dolphin set all of this down in a written account of his 1994 visit to
Israel, accompanied by Missler and 70 "pilgrims." "My specific responsibility
on this tour," he wrote, "was to organize and host the Third Annual Temple
Conference in Jerusalem where Jewish scientists and religious leaders presented
ten papers concerned with the location of the First and Second Temples and
plans and projections concerning the coming of the Jewish Messiah."
Dolphin revealed his own views on the current state of affairs inside
Israel: "Now, strangely, the Jews have become their own worst enemies. The
present government is openly, blatantly anti-Biblical and has set about
dismantling the state of Israel piece by piece, giving it all back to Israel's
own sworn enemies in exchange for peace promises everyone knows are empty and
meaningless. Even more amazing is that the public is well informed about all
these issues and chooses to do nothing."
Dolphin was referring to the Oslo Accords, recently signed by Prime Minster
Rabin, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, and President Clinton.
Dolphin made no bones about the fact that a great deal of blood would have
to be shed for the Temple project to be completed. "Some things are clear," he
wrote. "Sinful man can not approach a holy God without a suitable sacrifice.
The shedding of blood is somehow necessary to make atonement for human evil.
Even forgiven sinners need washing and regular cleansing in order to enjoy
fellowship with their Creator. . . . God in His love wishes to teach
us the depths of his love and forgiveness and mercy through the symbolism of
Dolphin ended with an ominous warning: "The time is fast approaching when
the Temple Mount will (by one means or another) be accessible both for
full-scale geophysical exploration, and for digging and exploring."
It is no small irony that the Darbyism preached by Dolphin, Missler, and the
other central figures in the American Jerusalem Temple Foundation, is deeply
anti-Semitic. At the core of the Gnostic "dispensational premillennarianism,"
advocated by Nineteenth-Century Anglican clergyman John Nelson Darby, is the
belief that the extermination of the Jews, in a final battle of Armageddon,
brought on by the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple, is the Biblical precondition
for the second coming of the Messiah and the Rapture. Pastor Chuck Smith,
Dolphin's mentor at the Calvary Baptist Church, when asked by EIR
whether he had any compunctions about unleashing a holy war that would lead to
the possible extermination of millions of Jews and Muslims, replied, "Frankly,
no, because it is all part of Biblical prophesy."
Smith was also full of praise for the Jewish zealots of the Temple Mount
Faithful, and their founder, Goldfoot: "Do you want a real radical?" he asked.
"Try Stanley Goldfoot. He's a wonder. His plan for the Temple Mount is to take
sticks of dynamite and some M-16s and blow the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa
Mosques and just lay claim to the site."
Rabbi Kook and `Vladimir Hitler'
before Prime Minister Rabin was murdered by a Jewish underground assassin,
Yigal Amir, who was associated with the radical West Bank settlers and the
Temple Mount crazies, Rabin had described the Jewish fundamentalist fanatics as
an "errant seed," that had nothing to do with Judaism. The Judaism to which
Rabin was referring, was the Mosaic tradition, carried into the founding of the
state of Israel by such followers of Moses Mendelssohn as David Ben-Gurion,
Abba Eban, and Rabin's "peace partner," Shimon Peres.
But, under the sponsorship of the British Crown, the Club of the Isles, and the British masonic structures, the "errant seed" had been injected into the religious and political life of the Jewish community in Palestine long before the launching of the current Temple Mount project. And not surprisingly, that irrationalist theological current closely paralleled the Jewish fascism of Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the founder of the so-called Revisionist movement, that spawned the Likud bloc and the Gush Emunim of today's "fundamentalized" Israel, and the man whom Ben-Gurion, the founding father of the state of Israel, referred to as "Vladimir Hitler."
British imperial occult designs on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount first
surfaced prominently in 1865, with the founding of the Palestine Exploration
Fund, under British royal sponsorship, and the first archaeological expeditions
to the Holy Land. Prince Edward Albert, the son of Queen Victoria who would
succeed her as King Edward VII, had visited Jerusalem in 1862, and put his
imprimatur on the launching of the Palestine Exploration Fund immediately
thereafter. Prince Edward Albert, known as the "Prince of the Isles," was a
dominant figure in Britain's imperial designs of the late Nineteenth Century,
and Jerusalem and the Holy Land was one of his personal priorities.
The first excavation of the holy sites in Jerusalem, centered on the Temple
Mount, was carried out by the Palestine Exploration Fund, under the direction
of Gen. Sir Charles Warren, during 1867-70. This expedition launched the
British Freemasonic "Temple Mount project." In 1884, Warren was one of only
nine Freemasons who founded the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, and he became
its first head.
Within occult Judaism, the pivotal religious figure in this
British-sponsored saga was Rav Abraham Isaac Kook. According to Kook's
autobiography, in pre-World War I London, he was an intimate collaborator
of Jabotinsky, recruiting and raising funds for Jabotinsky's Jewish Legion,
which fought the Ottoman Turks on behalf of the British Empire.
After the British Mandate was established over Palestine, Rabbi Kook was
appointed by London to serve as Palestine's Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, a post he
held until his death in 1935. Rabbi Kook revived Jewish mysticism, the teaching
of the Cabbala, and the prophesies relating to the Third Temple.
Even more relevant to the present onrush of a religious war over the Temple
Mount, Rabbi Kook the Elder founded Merkaz HaRav (the "Rabbi's Center") in
Jerusalem, as a training academy for young religious zealots. When he died, his
son, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, inherited the entire apparatus, including the
infrastructure of training academies, which had spawned out of the original
Merkaz HaRav yeshiva.
A famous story about Rabbi Kook the Younger is told by his students. On
Israeli Independence Day in 1967--three weeks before the outbreak of the
Arab-Israeli war--Rabbi Kook was delivering a sermon, in which he recounted,
"Nineteen years ago, on the very night that the decision of the United Nations
to create the State of Israel was handed down, as the entire people rejoiced
. . . I was unable to join in their happiness. I sat alone--quiet and
depressed. In those very first hours I was not able to accept what had been
done, that terrible news, that indeed `my land they have divided' had occurred!
Yes, where is our Hebron--have we forgotten it? And where is our Schechem
[Nablus], and our Jericho, where--will we forget them? And all of
Transjordan--it is all ours, every single clod of earth, each little bit, every
part of the land is part of the land of God--is it in our power to surrender
even one millimeter of it?" He then told his students that "the Army of Israel
will liberate the land of Israel."
Three weeks later, the Israeli Army took control of East Jerusalem,
including the Temple Mount, in the June 6-11, Six Day War. Rabbi Kook's
followers claimed that he had performed a miracle. In fact, there is no doubt
that Rabbi Kook was one of a handful of figures who was aware of the secret
plans for the war.
Among the Israeli paratroopers who seized control of the Western Wall of the
Temple Mount, were students from Merkaz HaRav, who arranged for an armored car
to fetch Rabbi Kook, to preside over the hoisting of the Israeli flag on the
Western Wall and the blowing of the shofar, the ceremonial ram's horn.
Two weeks later, in London, the greatest gathering of Freemasons in memory
took place, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United
Grand Lodge of England, and to inaugurate His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent
as the new Grand Master of Masonry. It was out of that gathering, according to
T.E. Allibone, that the decision was made to dispatch Kaufman to Jerusalem,
launching the Quatuor Coronati drive to locate the precise spot where the Third
Temple would be built. Almost on the same date, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook launched
the Temple Mount Faithful, with the Stern Gang terrorist Goldfoot. Kook also
established the Gush Emunim (although Gush Emunim would not be formally
constituted as an organization until 1974).
The Jewish Underground, Unravelled
David Samson, a student of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, is one of the leading
biographers and promoters of the Cabbalistic teachings of Rabbi Kook the Elder.
He confirmed to an interviewer that the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva networks founded
by the Kooks is at the heart of the Gush Emunim settlers movement and the
Temple Mount Faithful. "The entire settlements of Judea and Samaria, and the
Golan, is all Merkaz HaRav," he said. "Rabbi Kook decided that `I am going to
establish a settlement movement.' Gush Emunim is Merkaz HaRav. And the leaders
of Gush Emunim are all the students of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda, and whenever they
would make a major policy decision, it would be in his dining room, sitting at
his table." He later added, "Definitely, Rabbi Kook's students are again at the
Rabbi Samson also confirmed that Sharon had developed a deep personal
collaboration with Rabbi Kook, specifically around the launching of the illegal
settlements in the West Bank and other parts of the territories occupied after
the Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. "Immediately after the Yom Kippur
War," Samson said, "Sharon went, together with Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, to the
first illegal settlement, that was meant as a demonstration against the Army."
He added, "His [Sharon's] connection with Merkaz HeRav was with Gush Emunim.
. . . He was in the opposition together with Merkaz HaRav
Rabbi Samson also confirmed that the Merkaz HaRav networks have heavily
penetrated the Israeli Defense Forces, through the hesder yeshivas, which are,
in effect, military training institutes that also teach the Kooks' Cabbalistic
fundamentalism. Students at the 22 hesder yeshivas, mostly in the occupied
territories, spend their five years of study serving part-time in the Army, and
spending the rest of their time in Cabbalistic studies. This apparatus has
transformed the IDF into an evolving instrumentality for the
Cabbalistic-fundamentalist holy war.
With Rabbi Kook the Younger's death in 1982, the leadership of Gush Emunim
and the Temple Mount Faithful has been picked up by a group of even more
violent and radical protégés, including Rabbi Moshe Levinger and
Rabbi Eleazer Waldman. Waldman has asserted that Kook demanded a holy war, as
the only means of achieving the coming of the Messiah. "On the one hand,"
Waldman wrote, "war is accompanied by destruction and death, on the other hand,
it increases the power of the Messiah. . . . Unfortunately, it is
still impossible to achieve the completion of Redemption by any means other
Rabbi Samson confided that former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu "himself
studies Rabbi Kook's writings with some of the biggest rabbis in Merkaz HaRav,
on a regular basis. . . . Bibi Netanyahu is very oriented this way.
He was in Merkaz HaRav on Jerusalem Day  and it seems that his
relationship with Rabbi Kook is very serious. The Minister of Justice that he
appointed, not because of any coalition agreement, just because he was the one
he wanted the most, is a proponent of Rabbi Kook's philosophy and is very
well-versed in Rabbi Kook's philosophy." This, too, should come as no surprise,
given that Netanyahu's father was the personal secretary of Jabotinsky, the
intimate collaborator of Rabbi Kook the Elder.
Where Does It Lead?
the mid-1980s, after the United States arrested American citizen Jonathan Jay
Pollard on charges of spying for Israel, the U.S. Defense Department's Defense
Academic Research Support Program funded a research paper on the rise of
fundamentalism in Israel and its strategic implications. The report, written by
Ian Lustick, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, was
published in expanded form by the New York Council on Foreign Relations in
Its conclusions were blunt: Were the emerging Jewish fundamentalists,
associated with Gush Emunim, and a growing faction of ultra-nationalists within
the Israeli military (veterans, for the most part, of Merkaz HaRav), to seize
power, "An Israel decoupled from the United States, opposed in principle to a
negotiated peace, unfettered by the norms of liberal democracy, animated by
redemptionist imperatives, and disposing of a large and sophisticated nuclear
arsenal would pose challenges to American foreign policy and security interests
at least as profound as those resulting from the Islamic Revolution in
Lustick's best-case scenario, under such an eventuality: a religious war as
devastating as the Thirty Years' War in Europe (1618-48). His worst-case
scenario was thermonuclear World War III.