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    • r cummings
    • 15.10.09 | 13:01 (IST)

    As Israel Harel mentions and Joe Field explains, Jews are forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount by the Jewish rabbinical authority. It is nothing to do with what Moshe Dayan decided or Muslim hegemony over the Mount, it is solely to do with the religious issues of purification and doubts about the precise location of the 2nd Temple. There is a small minority of religious and nationalist Jews who dispute the Halachic rulings, believe they are entitled to pray on the Mount and keep creating mega tensions by trying to do so. But unless and until the Halachic authorities change their ruling, which has endured for two millenia, the present status quo on the Temple Mount will remain unchanged. One has to be very careful to prevent the issue being hijacked by the nationalist wing, who espouse for political advantage a populist policy of kicking the Waqf out and taking over the TM. As well as being totally contrary to Jewish religious rulings, it would create only internecine mayhem.

    from the article: Share the Temple Mount
    First published 03:11 15.10.09 | Last updated 08:41 15.10.09
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