You see the essential difference between the Tomb of the Patriarchs/Matriarchs in Hebron is a shrine to the past, a prayer space exclusively. Not so with the Temple Mount, as one can read from the literature of the Temple Mount Faithful and their supporters who are many in nationalist and religious circles. The Temple Mount is all about the future, about restoration, about reinstitution of the sacrifical cult and the building of the Third Temple. Does Harel really believe that the efforts of these nationalists so adamantly fired up by a place, would be fulfilled with the erection of a prayeer room or a small synagogue? Get real! The calls would go out, indeed have gone out, to begin the building of the Temple, restore the priests to their functions and renew sacrifices. What is the attempt to secure the site from the Muslims all about if not this? As for Jews visiting, Muslims welcome them to do so, as visitors not as those who seek to take it away saying all they want is to "share".
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