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Iran Builds Replica of the Dome of the Rock, Then Simulates Capturing It

Unhinged anti-Israel demonstration or the best bar mitzvah theme ever?

Yair Rosenberg
November 24, 2015

Last weekend, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard once again demonstrated its peaceful intentions towards the Jewish state by simulating the capture of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The theatrical display involved thousands of soldiers and a specially-designed replica of the Dome of the Rock mosque. And that, reported the Associated Press, was just the beginning:

The symbolic operations were backed up by Guard helicopters, drones and Tucano planes that bombed hypothetical enemy positions before ground troops captured the replica of the mosque set up at the top of a mountain.

Ironically, the AP added:

In a common mistake, the Guard set up a replica of the gold-topped Dome of the Rock mosque instead of the nearby gray-domed Al-Aqsa mosque. Official photos showed one of the troops going to the top of the dome and waving an Iranian flag and a red flag, a symbol of martyrdom.

Here is a photo of the climactic moment:

Iran Guard Simulates Capture of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque via @AP

— Military Edge (@Military_Edge) November 23, 2015

This image prompts many questions, chief among them: Is the makeshift holy site available for birthday parties?

There has been no word yet if the Revolutionary Guard also provided inflatable spokespeople to insist “we mean the Jews no harm, we just like simulating the capture of Jerusalem for kicks.” Or, for that matter, if there were any inflatable reporters around to believe that.

Yair Rosenberg is a senior writer at Tablet. Subscribe to his newsletter, listen to his music, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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