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The High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected a request by the Temple Mount Faithful to place what the organization said was the cornerstone of the Third Temple next to the Western Wall, Israel Radio reported.

The court also rejected a request by the group to visit the Temple Mount after 9 A.M. during the week-long Sukkot holiday, which begins Monday night. The organization says its goal is to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount and to liberate the Temple Mount from "Arab occupation."

The justices said they feared clashes because Sukkot coincides this year with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which has become a time of increased attacks by suicide bombers in addition to being a month of fasting and introspection.

The court rejected the petitioner's contention that the ruling was a form of capitulation to terrorism, saying the verdict represented a balanced approach.