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The Temple

The Temple
Author: Henry Wren Language: English
ISBN: Item No: 00000001076

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Israel is faced with two major problems.  First is the constant threat from Hamas, and the second is that the Dome of the Rock is sitting on Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the Israeli third and final temple is to stand.  Many people think that Israel does not have control of either.  In the book The Temple, by Henry Wren, you can read just how wrong people are.  This selection can be purchased by going to, or linking to

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 Early in his political career, Nate Grohberg realized that the agency that Eythan Gatz was in charge of could accomplish much more if they remained out of the spotlight.  Thus when in public the Prime Minister of Israel treated the leader of Mossad as someone he had less regard for than any other department head.  On the other end of the spectrum, when the two men were alone, Gatz's role quickly changed.  The head of Mossad then became a very important player to Grohberg's design for the future of Israel.
      Grohberg, a history buff, often thought about just how this intelligence organization got started.  Mossad was formed in 1949, as the Central Institute for Coordination, at the recommendation of then Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.  Ben-Gurion’s vision was to have a central body to coordinate and improve cooperation between the existing security services
      At five to nine, on a hot dry Monday morning, the conference room, in this non-descript government building in the heart of Jerusalem, was almost full.  As nine o'clock neared, everyone took their assigned seat at the huge conference table; one seat for the weekly cabinet meeting remained vacant.  Nate Grohberg, the Prime Minister of Israel, had yet to appear.  Just as the clock announced the time to be nine am, the room suddenly became quiet.  All eyes were focused on the single door which allowed access to and from the conference room.  Before the clock reached nine o one, Grohberg entered through the open door, closing it behind him.
      Without saying a word, the Prime Minister set a stack of papers on the table before taking the lone remaining seat.  Opening the first folder, Grohberg looked around the table before speaking.
      "We have a great deal to cover, so let's get started."
      Turning to his left, the Prime Minister nodded.  The man sitting next to Nate immediately delivered his weekly update.  Since the format of these meetings seldom changed, the next person at the table completed their update without having to be called upon.
      Nate Grohberg said little as the updates from his department heads were being delivered; the Prime Minister had other things on his mind.  Having a sharp mind, Nate could be thinking of other matters while the updates were being delivered.  Every once in a while the Prime Minister would hear something new, sparking him to jot down the information the particular department head offered up.
      Not once, during the entire meeting, did Nate look to the man sitting to his right.  Even when the head of Mossad made a comment, concerning one of the updates, Grohberg refrained from acknowledging Gatz.  It was not that the Prime Minister was upset with the most feared man in Israel.  As agreed on by the two, Grohberg intentionally chose to openly play Gatz down when in a public setting.  Nate felt that the less attention placed on the main body of Israeli's intelligence community the better.
      The staff meeting dragged out for over an hour, with no major updates being reported.  Nate had taken notes on the minor changes to the current events and would later incorporate them into the minutes from the meeting.  For the past several months something had been weighing on the Prime Minister’s mind, and Nate was finally ready to address the topic.  Having to do with no one but Gatz, Grohberg had decided that today would be the day when he would ask for Eythan’s aid.  After dismissing his cabinet members, Nate remained seated as the room started to empty.
      The Cabinet Members, with other agendas to attend too, stood and started heading for the single door.  As Gatz stood to join the others Grohberg, who remained seated, placed a hand on the forearm of the Head of Mossad.  Getting the silent message, Gatz acted as if he were gathering his papers, as the room emptied.  Following the last Cabinet Member to the hall, instead of leaving the room, Eythan shut the door.
      As this action was taking place Grohberg was thinking about his country and his legacy.  Sometimes Nate wished that the political system in Israel were different, but it was what it was.  In the current environment it was very difficult to get what you believed was the right thing to do, through the political mine field.  With all of the political parties and their varied interests Nate found that he was always forced to compromise his beliefs, and was now tired of doing so.
      Grohberg realized that the Israeli Political system was much different than that of many other countries.  When Nate was a young man he quickly started to learn how to maneuver in this difficult climate.  First you had to deal with the Zionist party.  This party traditionally fell into three camps, the first two being the largest: Labor Zionism ( social democrats), Revisionist Zionism (conservative).  Then there were the Religious Zionist.  After the Zionist there were also several non-Zionist Orthodox religious parties, non-Zionist left-wing groups, as well as non-Zionist and anti-Zionist Israeli Arab parties.
      Beyond the main parties were many smaller ones with specialized platforms.  Since the two major parties were very evenly matched, even though the others were small, these so called splinter groups wielded a great deal of power.  Due to their ability to act as tie breakers, these groups often used their status to block legislation or promote their own agenda.  This part of the political process was what Nate quickly grasped when he first entered the political arena.  This was a hard lesson to accept since in order to get these small splinter groups to support you, you had to bow to their demands, even when they were contrary to the manifesto of the larger party you represented.
      Grohberg won his first election by the narrowest of margins.  He did this by sharply criticizing the current government's peace policies, insisting that they had failed to protect the Israeli security.  Even after taking this stance the election was not assured for Grohberg, so he was forced to form a predominantly right-wing coalition government.  This coalition was publicly committed to pursuing the Oslo Accords, but with an emphasis on security first.  Nate's coalition included the Likud party, allied along with the Tzomet and Gesher parties, and three religious parties (Shas, the National Religious Party, and the United Torah Judaism bloc).  Fearing that his coalition would not be strong enough to win the election, Grohberg was able to secure the additional support of two centrist parties, The Third Way and  Yisrael BaAliyah.
      During this first election Grohberg and Gatz together learned that just controlling one of the major parties was not nearly enough.  It took a strong coalition in order to win elections and get measures passed into law.  To their dismay, they also discovered that due to the many parties, over thirty (many with specialized platforms of their own), over time it was very difficult to maintain the support of any single group.  As many Prime Ministers in the past had discovered, when your coalition starts to fall apart, as they all do, if you do not have parties that once opposed you now willing to come on board, you will soo

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