Notable Sephardi posek HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita has announced a psak halacha permitting one to visit Har Habayis if done within the confines of halacha. The rav’s ruling appears on the Kisei Rachamim website, responding to a question if one is permitted to visit the holy site.
The psak halacha appears in the daily Maariv, which also states the ruling is contrary to the piskei halacha of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L regarding Har Habayis.
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.
Five 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)