Since 1967 the rabbinical leadership in Israel maintains that Jews should not go onto the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary because of concerns about violating the laws of purity. There was even a declaration signed to that extent in Jan. 2005. There is however a minority of religious and secular extremists, including rabbis and politicians, who insist on violating this directive, thereby predictably provoking the Palestinians, who are then mobilised to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque. There is a shopfront in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City displaying a model of the Third Temple to be built, not next to, but instead of the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jewish extremists are primarily to blame for the increase in tension. Before these groups became active there was no problem with access to the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary. I have been there numerous times, also in the company of secular Jewish people and we were all in awe of the fantastic islamic architecture and art.
Bennett, Deri expected to resign from Knesset, remain in cabinet under new 'Norwegian Law’ (Haaretz)
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