Faction promoting ordinance that will allow Jews to openly pray on mount – for first time since 1967.
As the political storm over the release of the terrorists earlier in the week subsides, the next coalition land mine appears near: Habayit Hayehudi faction is cooperating with the Religious Services Ministry to propose legislation which would allow Jews to openly pray on the Temple Mount, for the first time since the site was liberated in 1967.
According to the special ordinance which was prepared by the legal department of the ministry, there would be set hours for daily Jewish prayer on the mount.
A decision like this is highly sensitive because the Arab and Muslim world closely follows every Jewish move on the mount, and more than once, visits of Jews to the Temple Mount have led to violent riots.
Since the unification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, and the famous call of the chief military rabbi “The Temple Mount is in our hands,” Jews have been forbidden from praying on the mount, which is managed by the Islamic religious authority, the Waqf. Those who break this restriction are immediately arrested – and forbidden from returning to the mount.
Additionally, in the past few years, a substantial increase has taken place in the number of Jews touring the site, including Knesset members and rabbis. The issue with the proposed change is that every change needs authorization of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It would be strange if Norwegian Christians would not be permitted to pray anywhere in Norway. Even if we walked into a Mosque, we should be permitted to take the name of Jesus on our lips.
For Jews, the Temple Mount is a place they are not permitted to pray. This is a grave injustice, because the Temple Mount in the very location of two Jewish Temples. The first built by the Jewish king Solomon.
Stand up for both Christians and Jews right to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, without fear of being persecuted. Do not summit to the opponents of religious freedom, and the totalitarian forces of Islam.
Written by Ivar