Jewish Home candidate #14 caught on video saying 'imagine if that gold dome were blown up'HaBdicha, the Tzipi Livni party, is running around like a bunch of excited rabbits this evening, because Jeremy Gimpel, #14 on the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) list has been caught on video speculating what would happen if that gold dome (the mosque on the Temple Mount) were blown up. Gimpel was speaking to a group of Christian Zionists in Florida in 2011.
HaBdicha is trying to have Gimpel disqualified from the election for making 'racist' statements.
Let's go to the videotape. I'll have more after the videotape.
Here's some of the reaction to Gimpel's video.
"The mask of the cool start-up guy has been ripped from the face of [Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali] Bennett," the Livni Party said. "The strange list that he is taking to the Knesset seeks to inflame the Middle East and to bring on a third World War with its crazy visions of building a temple."
Gimpel responded that the clip was taken out of context from a lecture he gave to a Christian group about the book of Ezra, a story that happened over 2,000 years ago.
"The controversy is ridiculous," Gimpel said. "In order to make the lecture more lively I made a few jokes and you clearly hear the audience laughing. This is a cheap political attack and I would urge anyone to watch the video in its entirety and decide for yourselves."
But the dovish Israeli website 972 Magazine later released another clip in which Gimpel said the Dome of the Rock "doesn't belong there."Well, I'm not running for the Knesset so I'll say it: The Dome of the Rock doesn't belong there.
And I'll go a step further: Any Jew who believes that the Dome of the Rock does belong there doesn't believe in Judaism and in the Messiah that Maimonides lists among the 13 principles of faith.
But this controversy is great news for the Jewish Home party. And Jeremy Gimpel may have just gotten himself elected to the Knesset.