There has been a functioning status quo of the holy places in Jerusalme for centuries and when Moshe Dayan moved into the old city he was humble and sage enough to respect it. I have no doubt that Muslims do not want groups of Jews demanding the right to pray at their thrid holiest shrine. The site of HarHabayit/Haram esh Sharif could be a symbol to all of humanity of what religious co-operation could be,a sign of the reconciliation between Issac and Ishmael and not a place all sides are ready to turn into a charnel house in the name of history on their own hold on their own interpretation of God Almighty. Don't assume for an instant that if small minyanim were permitted on carefully delineated asreas of the Temple Mount that the zealots would not soon press for more and eventually demand that the entire site be cleansed of what they term "pollution".
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