MK (Bayit Yehudi) Betzalel Smotrich is calling on the government to close down Har Habayis to Arabs in light of the violence that occurred on Tisha B’Av. “We must stop the absurd situation that Jews cannot daven on this holiest place” he stated, adding “It is unacceptable that in Jerusalem, our capital, the Arabs dictate to us what we can and cannot do regarding davening at the Kosel and Har Habayis”.
Smotrich took part in the annual Women in Green organization walk around the Old City on erev Tisha B’Av during which Arabs began attacking them with rocks.
Smotrich calls for correcting “mistakes of the past” and taking control of Har Habayis once and for all.
It is added that Gedolei Yisrael throughout the generations have ruled one may not visit Har Habayis. This is the ruling of Gedolei Yisrael today as well, in addition to being the position of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)