MK Moshe Feiglin turned to Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennett asking why the Rabbi of the Kosel and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, is among the more vocal voices of opposition to visiting Har Habayis. Feiglin points out Rabbi Rabinowitz is active in efforts to prevent Jews from visiting the site.
Feiglin asks the minister to investigate reports that Rabbi Rabinowitz is pressuring rabbonim and admorim who to date have refused to sign a letter of support for him, using his authority to grant or revoke entry permits for a vehicle to the Kosel Plaza as leverage against these rabbonim and admorim.
It must be noted that according to the Poskei Hador one is absolutely forbidden to visit the Har Habayis, and there is an Issur Kares for one that goes there.
Four years ago on Sukkos, President Shimon Peres paid a visit to the Sukka of Maran HaGaon Rav Elyashiv ZATZAL, where Rav Elyashiv called on the President to prevent Jews from visiting Har Habayis, stating it is an act that that is viewed as extremely provocative by the goyim. Maran stated everything possible must be done to avoid a religious war, and the provocateurs are playing with fire.
Maran is quoted as explaining to the president that Halacha forbids going onto Har Habayis but today, it is more than this, it is an act that may lead to a religious war and bloodshed.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)