Religious sects fight tooth and nail over holy places. Look at the way various Christian sects camp out in different parts of Christian holy places in Israel just to make sure that another sect doesn't take over their turf. In one church (the Nativity?), on sect has a space in the upper right front, another the knave, and another sect, another area, and so on. Each sect maintans a 24 hour guard to keep away encroachers of other sects from its paltry squire footage. If the state interfered and tried to set up a rational, equitable system, there would be a hue and cry from all. So, for centuries, the state in charge has left the status quo in place on the sensible grounds that it's not worth their time and energy. The Temple Mount is no different. Don't try to substitute any other system especially with the justification that another system may be more just or rational. The people who defend holy places to the death care neither for justice nor rationality, and the cost of dealing with them doesn't equal the insignificant benefit to be gained. We have better things to do.
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