Jerusalem mayoral candidate Rav Meir Porush appeared on Channel 10 Television on Monday night, expressing his views on a number of issues on a news magazine program.
Regarding Har HaBayis, Porush denied that he ever stated the holy site should remain under control of the Arabs, stating it and other holy sites are not ours to give away, but he does support the ‘status quo’, meaning he favors the continued Arab Waqf control of Har HaBayis. He stated the Jews should continue running affairs at the Kosel and the Arabs on Har HaBayis.
Porush however pointed out the need to bring Jews back to Yerushalayim, explaining following the 1967 Six Day War, the Jews comprised 72% of Yerushalayim but today, that number is close to 60%. He warned that if we do not change the demographics, in 15 years, the Jews will no longer be a majority in the capital. Therefore he stated that he will work tirelessly to bring Jews back to Yerushalayim, non-religious, chareidi and dati leumi.
When asked to express his opinion regarding the to’eva parade, he stated “obviously I am against it but I realize the Supreme Court will compel the mayor to permit it.” Therefore he explained, he supports the status quo, to permit the current realities dictate future policy as well.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)