You know it is amazing how things are always happening over here – on every level!
Iran continues to top the news talk. The launching of test rockets – some of which can allegedly hit Israel or American bases in the Middle East, on Yom Kippor, was a provocative act by the Shia state – and this on the eve of talks to curb Iran's atomic ambitions.
It was 36 years ago today that Israel defended it's land and began driving back the assaults. Having the missiles launch is bad enough, then there's all the rhetoric, and add to it the timing – we seem to have begun a countdown…
But having mentioned the holidays – lets talk a little about that!
Overall the holiest day in the Jewish calendar was quiet in most of the State – everywhere but here in and around the Old City.
Unrest again came to the Temple Mount, the Haram Al Sharif containing Islam's third holiest shrine. But the conflict spread a bit onto the streets of the Old City and then to outside neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Many here could not but help think about the similarity of it all as when Ariel Sharon visited the same site, on the same day, which sparked the second Palestinian Intifada and plunged the peace process at that time into a tail spin.
But the focus, even for one who does not practice Judaism, is spiritual. To be here within the city walls is really something…
During Biblical times this same area did the same thing – namely coming to a stand still to respect an all-powerful God. I stand on some of the same stones generations did before in waiting for the High Priest to accomplish his ritual outlining atonement for the people.
Today, Jews still petition for their fate. For Christians, we, by faith, have the atonement man seeks from his god – found in the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
And it all happened right here where I look with both my physical and spiritual eyes.
Middle East Correspondent