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Christians, Jews banned from Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Dec. 12, 2011 - There are 15 entrances to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The only one that allows Jews and Christians to enter is the Mughrabi Bridge. The bridge is no longer considered safe, so it has been closed, effectively eliminating non-Muslims from the sacred grounds.
Yesterday, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat officially ordered the bridge to be indefinitely closed due to petitions from the city's Antiquities Authority citing fears the weakened wooden structure may collapse or catch fire.
Source: WorldNetDaily

2nd Jewish Temple just 'waiting to be unearthed'
Jun. 6, 2011 - Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University, one of Israel's most prominent archaeologists, says he is convinced that remains from the First and Second Jewish Temple period lie underneath the Temple Mount surface, "just waiting to be excavated." He accuses the Islamic custodians of the Temple Mount of destroying Jewish artifacts while attempting to turn the Temple Mount into a "giant mosque."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Israel Police brace for possible Temple Mount unrest amid Egypt turmoil

Feb. 3, 2011 - Because of the uprising in Egypt, Jerusalem police were limiting entrance to the Temple Mount to minimize the threat of riots there.
Police said that entrance to the Temple Mount will be open on Friday only to men 50 years of age and older who have a blue identity card, signifying that they are Israeli citizens, and to women of all ages.
Source: Haaretz

Report Ready on Israeli Sovereignty on the Temple Mount

Dec. 20, 2010 - A subcommittee of Israel's Knesset has prepared a report on recent escavations on the Temple Mount and the continued status of Israeli sovereignty over the grounds. Most of the report is too sensitive to be revealed publicly. However, this summary will be given:
Many improvements have been made over the past few months, and everything is now done there in full coordination with the police, the Israel Israel Antiquities Authority, the Attorney-General’s office, the relevant ministerial committee, and the Jerusalem municipality.
Source: Israel National News

Solomon's Temple in Brazil would put Christ the Redeemer in the shade

July 23, 2010 - Brazil's Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, one of the world's largest and most controversial Pentecostal churches, has been given permission to build a $200 million dollar replica of Solomon's Temple in São Paulo. The massive structure will be twice the height of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. It will be constructed from stone imported from Israel, and should be completed in four years.
Source: Guardian
Jewish group rips church plans for Temple Mount replica - WorldNetDaily

Poll: Israelis want their temple back

July 20, 2010 - Yesterday Israelis began to prepare for observance of Tisha B'Av, the national day of mourning over the loss of their ancient temples. [Solomon's Temple destroyed in 586 B.C. by the Babylonians; The Second Temple destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans]
To mark the day, the Knesset TV Channel conducted a survey asking Israelis if they desire the building of a Third Temple. A 49 percent plurality said they do. Only 23 percent said they do not want a Third Temple.
On the other hand, they fear the hostile reaction of Muslims that would be caused by trying to build the Temple now. Muslim authorities control the Temple Mount at this time. Jews are rarely allowed to visit the site. Neither Jews nor Christians are pray or carry Bibles on the Temple Mount.
Source:Israel Today
Crowd of 10,000 Declare: The Temple Mount Belongs to Jews - Israel National News
'The Temple Will Never be Rebuilt', Islamist Movement Says - Israel National News
Tisha B'Av: Time to stop mourning! - Israel Today

Jerusalem posters call for 3rd Temple

Mar. 30, 2010 - Controversial posters on the sides of 200 city buses in Jerusalem call for the rebuilding of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount where the Moslem holy shrines now stand. Meanwhile, tensions continue to simmer around the Temple Mount after riots in Jerusalem's Old City earlier this month.
The posters, which contain the phrase, “May the Bais Hamikdosh be rebuilt speedily and within our days,” were sponsored by the Our Land of Israel group, ... leave out the site’s current structures – namely the the Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
Source: Jerusalem Post

PA: Muslims, go to al-Aqsa "Most dangerous 3 days since 1967"

Mar 14, 2010 - Israeli police have denied a request by a rightist group to have a ceremonial laying of the cornerstone for a new Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. Muslims are being urged by Fatah official, Hatem Abdel Kader, to flock to the al-Aqsa Mosque in response to the plan, and barricade themselves there starting Monday.
The Palestinian Authority urged Palestinians and Muslims to demonstrate vigilance in Jerusalem, following the opening of a synagogue in the Old City. Abdel Kader said, "We are facing the most dangerous three days since 1967."
Source: YNet News

Hoax: Rockerfeller to build 3rd Temple

Feb. 4, 2010 - A article claimed that a person named "Supriem David Rockefeller" is raising funds to unite Jews and Palestinians and build the Jewish temple. Christian blogs picked up the story and it spread virally, but it turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
Source: Aaron Kline - WorldNetDaily
Kinti Mining Lmtd.'s (KMLD) Announces Supriem David Rockefeller and the Rebuilding of the 3rd Jewish Temple in Addition to Frank Love Commencing the "Temple Now Project" -
Kinti Mining Ltd.

The Temple Institute In Jerusalem Has Spent Approximately 27 Million Dollars On Preparations For The Rebuilding Of The Jewish Temple

Nov. 27, 2009 - Fascinating information about preparations for the Third Temple.
The executive director of the Temple Institute, Yehuda Glick, says that a large portion of the financial support for the Temple Institute actually comes from evangelical Christians.....
Source: The Last Days
The Sacrificial Altar Is Being Rebuilt For The Future Temple In Jerusalem - The Last Days

What Temple? Fatah says 'only a Muslim holy site'

Oct. 5, 2009 - Fatah, once named by the U.S. as a Mideast "peace partner," is led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Their spokesman in Jerusalem, Dimitri Diliani, told reporters that the area Jews and Gentiles call the Temple Mount was not a Jewish holy site. He also claimed that Christians and Jews should not be allowed to pray there.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Second Temple model erected opposite Temple Mount

Aug. 8, 2008 - The Aish HaTorah Yeshiva has installed a model of the Second Temple, It was placed it on the yeshiva's rooftop, overlooking the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Their new headquarters will serve as a visitors center, with exhibitions to show how Judaism has changed the world and continues to affect humankind today.
The model is the largest ever to be built with such level of precision and attention to details. It is 10x4.5 feet in size and is built on a 1:60 scale.
Source: YNet
Aish HaTorah installs Second Temple model opposite Western Wall - Jerusalem Post

What? Muslim leader wants Temple rebuilt

Aug. 5, 2009 - Joel Richardson, author of a new book, "The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast," says that a highly influential Muslim intellectual and author from Turkey is leading a movement to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. Adnan Oktar, who uses the pen name of Harun Yahya, has more than 65 million books in circulation.
Oktar recently met with three representatives from the re-established Jewish Sanhedrin, a group of 71 Orthodox rabbis and scholars from Israel, to discuss how religious Muslims, Jews and Christians can work together on the project.
Oktar met with representatives from the re-established Jewish Sanhedrin, a group of 71 Orthodox rabbis and scholars from Israel, to discuss how religious Muslims, Jews and Christians can work together.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Joel Richardson's column

Israelis want temple rebuilt at Al-Aqsa site

July 31, 2009 - According to a survey by Ynet news service and the Gesher organization, Sixty-four percent want the Second Temple rebuilt.
The Temple Mount, which is the foundation of the First and Second temples is today home to Islam’s third-holiest mosque, Al-Aqsa. The Second Temple, built by Herod the Great, was destroyed in 70 A.D. when the Romans sacked Jerusalem.
Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy chief of the Islamic Movement inside Israel, responded to the poll by saying that the temple would never be rebuilt. He told Arab News, “Al-Aqsa is for Muslims only.”
Source: Arab News

Hundreds planning Temple Mount ascent

July 23, 2009 - Next week, on the fast day of Tisha Be'av, The Temple Mount Faithful, led by Gershon Salomon, hopes to mobilize hundreds of people to march to the Temple Mount area protest US pressure to stop settlement activity in eastern Jerusalem.
"We're concerned that in the end, the Temple Mount will be part of a Palestinian state, with US backing," Salomon said. "We will say to [US President Barack] Obama, 'Get your hands off Jerusalem and the land of Israel!"
Source: Jerusalem Post
The Temple Mount Institute

Hark! Where's the Bible Ark?
Ethiopia's Orthodox patriarch cops out on revealing plan for public viewing

June 26, 2009 - Today's much-anticipated news conference by Ethiopian Patriarch Abuna Pauolos never took place!
The agency had reported an announcement would be made at the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome, and a hotel spokeswoman told WND Pauolos had been in residence there, but no news conference or event was scheduled.
Earlier, Paulos reported, "The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries. As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few highly qualified persons could do the same, until now."
Source: WorldNetDaily
Keepers of the Lost Ark? - Smithsonian
The Third Temple - Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter

Bible's 'Ark of the Covenant' about to be unveiled?
Ethiopian patriarch tells pope he will show artifact to world

June 24, 2009 - Abuna Pauolos, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, is in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week. He said he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, in a museum in Axum, Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a tradition, dating back to at least 642 B.C., that the Ark was moved from Jerusalem to Ethiopia.
The tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary's of Zion Church in Axum.
Ethiopians believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Holy Ark Announcement Due on Friday - Israel National News
More about Prince Menelik, son of Solomon and The Queen of Sheba - Prophecy Central section on The Ark of the Covenant
'Ark' revelation: Can they dig it? - WorldNetDaily

Can Third Temple be built without destroying Dome of the Rock?

June 21, 2009 - The Interfaith Encounter Association at the Mishkenot Sha'ananim's Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem thinks it would be possible to build the Jewish Temple without destroying the Islamic Dome of the Rock. However, orthodox Jews and Muslims both oppose the idea.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem launches debate on sharing Temple Mount -

The Temple Institute announces the creation of the Golden Censors

June, 2009 -
The Temple Institute has just completed the creation of two new golden bezichin - frankincense censors. All the vessels created by the Temple Institute are intended for use in the Divine service of the Holy Temple, may we merit to rebuild it soon.
Source: The Temple Institute

Supreme Moslem Council: Temple Mount is Jewish

Sept. 1, 2008 - Modern Islamic leadership denies that the Temple Mount ever belonged to the Jewish people. However, The Temple Institute has acquired a guide to the Temple Mount published in 1925 titled, "Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif" (the Moslem name for the Temple Mount).
On page 4, the Waqf states, "Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which 'David built there an altar unto the L-rd...', citing the source in 2 Samuel XXIV,25.
Source: Israel National News

Has 'Temple' author discovered location of lost Ark of Covenant?

"Temple at the Center of Time: Newton's Bible Codex Deciphered and the Year 2012," by David Flynn
Source: WorldNetDaily
'Temple' secrets skyrocket

Youths contribute to advancement of Third Temple

July 31, 2008 - Israel's Temple Institute held a youth conference this week and enlisted humdreds of youth to devote at least 1/2 hour each week to the project of preparing for the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem!
Source: YNet

Temple Mount '100% Islamic'

June 2, 2008 - Through his chief of staff, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made it clear that Israeli attempts to build a new bridge from the Western Wall area to the Temple Mount might "offend" 1.5 billion Muslims.
"Jerusalem is Muslim. The blessed Al Aqsa mosque and Harem Al Sharif (Temple Mount) is 100 percent Muslim. The Israelis are playing with fire when they threaten Al Aqsa with digging that is taking place," said Abbas' chief of staff, Rafiq Al Husseini.
Source: WorldNetDaily

New museum with Temple replica to be erected opposite Western Wall

Source: YNet News

O Jerusalem! America drafts plan to cut in 2

Apr. 10, 2008 - U.S. peace plan details have been obtained that would give the Palestinian Authority some control over parts of East Jerusalem and sections of the Temple Mount.
The PA would be allowed to open some official institutions in Jerusalem, could elect a mayor for the Palestinian side of the city and would deploy police forces to maintain law and order.
After five years, if both sides keep their commitments, the PA would be given full sovereignty over these areas.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Is The Ark of the Covenant In Zimbabwe?

Feb. 22, 2008 - Tudor Parfitt, a professor at the University of London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies, has written a new book, The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark. In the 1980's Parfitt lived with a Southern African clan called the Lemba. He believed there was some substance to their claim to be a lost tribe of Israel. That theory made world news in 1999 when genetic studies showed that...
A genetic marker specific to descendents of Judaism's Temple priests (cohens) was found to appear as frequently among the Lemba's priestly cast as in Jews named Cohen.
Another aspect of the Lemba tribe's "now-credible oral history" is a drumlike object called the ngoma lungundu. It has many similarities to the description of the Ark of the Covenant, and Parfitt was told by a Lemba elder "[It] came from the temple in Jerusalem. We carried it down here through Africa." Thr Ngoma disappeared during the 1940's, but Parfitt, whom TIME calls "a real life scholar-adventurer," sought for it until he found it on a dusty bottom shelf in the Harare Museum of Human Science in Zimbabwe.

If the object is not the Ark, Parfitt believes it may be a replica of the real thing because a Lemba legend says that the original Ngoma destroyed itself some 400 years ago and was rebuilt on its own "ruins." A History Channel special on this subject is scheduled for March 2.

Source: TIME
The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark Harper Collins
African "Jews" For Jesus - Missionalia
Where Is The Ark Of The Covenant? - Various Theories

Archaeologists find link to 1st temple in controversial Jerusalem dig

Oct. 21, 2007 - While recently replacing 40-year-old electrical cables, and under supervision of the Israel Antiquities Authority, artifacts were discovered from the time of the first Jewish temple. The find was in a layer that has been undisturbed since the 8th century B.C.
Jon Seligman, Jerusalem regional archaeologist for the Antiquities Authority, said the find was significant since it could help scholars in reconstructing the dimensions and boundaries of the Temple Mount during the first temple period.

Muslims caught red-handed destroying Temple artifacts

Sept 2, 2007 - With the permision of Israeli police, Islamic authorities are using buldozers to dig a 1300 foot trench, and are apparently destroying part of a Second-Temple wall and temple artifacts. The Israeli Antiquities Authority are also ignoring the destruction. WorldNetDaily obtained pictures of the trench and some of the carved stone of the ancient wall, but the Waqf, the Muslim custodians of the Temple Mount, deny that they found or destroyed any Jewish antiquities during their dig.
The last time the Waqf conducted a large dig on the Temple Mount – during construction 10 years ago of a massive mosque at an area referred to as Solomon's Stables – the Wafq reportedly disposed truckloads of dirt containing Jewish artifacts from the First and Second Temple periods.
In that case, the Israeli government stopped the construction and discovered many valuable artifacts from the temple era.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Muslims Erupt Over Temple Mount Excavations

Feb. 8, 2007 - Israeli archaeologists are conducting what they call "rescue" excavations outside the Temple Mount walls near the Al-Aksa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. They are reparing a wooden bridge to the only gate through which non-Muslim visitors can enter the Temple Mount. Muslims are being urged to protest the work.
The Muslim world is upset about archeological excavations around Jerusalem's Temple Mount because they fear it will disprove their claim that Jews never inhabited the Holy Land before 1948, an Israeli expert on Arabic matters said here.
Source:Crosswalk - Julie Stahl
Jerusalem 'tense' after clashes - BBC
Deep tension over Jerusalem holy site - BBC

Road to Temple Mount uncovered

Apr. 1, 2006 - A 2,000 year-old road has been uncovered by Israeli archeologists. It is the road that connected the Shiloah pool in the City of David to the Temple Mount compound.
Source:Jerusalem Post

Temple Mount Desecration Continues

Nov. 10, 2005 - The Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount has warned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that the plans by Islamic authorities to “renovate” an ancient tower are part of an overall plan to turn the holy site into a mega-mosque.
The Islamic Trust or Waqf has for years carried out illegal construction atop and under the Temple Mount, unchecked by Israeli authorities fearful of sparking an even greater conflict with the Muslim world.
Source: Jerusalem Newswire (Story no longer online)

First Temple-era seal discovered

Sept. 27, 2005 - A 2600 year old seal was found this week in the trash discarded by the Islamic Wakf from the Temple Mount. Bar-Ilan University archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay said that the find was the first of its kind from the time of King David.
He has not yet determined what the writing is on the seal, although three Hebrew letters -- thought to be the name of its owner -- are visible on one of its lines.
Source: Virtue On-Line News

New 'Sanhedrin' plans rebuilding of Temple

June 8, 2005 - Spokesmen for the newly re-established Sanhedrin have issued a request for gifts to enable the design, collection and storage of portions of of a restored Temple. They plan to prepare detailed architectural plans for the construction of structure.
The Sanhedrin was a 71-man assembly of rabbis that convened adjacent to the Holy Temple before its destruction in 70 AD and outside Jerusalem until about 400 AD.
Several prominent Jewish religious leaders are members of the new Sanhedrin, but leaders of the Ashkenazi and Sephardi have not joined the group.
Announcement from The Temple Institute

Dr. Jones to Uncover the Lost Ark

May 20, 2005 - Dr. Vendyl Jones, the real-life person that inspired "Indiana Jones character," believes he knows where the Ark of the Covenant is hidden. He thinks he will uncover the Ark in the Valley of Achor by by Tisha B'Av [August this year], the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Holy Temples.
Source:Arutz Sheva

Exclusive: Dumped Temple Mount Rubble Yields Jewish Artifacts

Apr. 14, 2005 - Extensive illegal excavations by Muslims on the Temple Mount during the past couple of years has resulted in an artifact-rich mound of dirt in the Kidron Valley. The artifacts that are being sifted out of the dirt are the only available data from the Temple Mount to which modern archaeologists have ever had access. The information disproves the Islamic claim that there was never a Jewish Temple there.
Source:Arutz Sheva

Temple Mount march protest leaders arrested

April 10, 2005 - Israeli police, seeking to avert violence, effectively blocked the rally of thousands of Jews at the Temple Mount by closing all the entrances to the Old City, and arresting the leaders who came very early in the morning.
As of noon, only a few hundred protestors amassed near the Temple Mount, a trickle of the 10,000 Revava had hoped for. Demonstrators sang songs and danced, and chanted slogans about reclaiming the Mount for Jewish worship.

Muslims protest Jewish Temple Mount visit

Apr. 5, 2005 - Muslims are demonstrating all across the Middle East against a plan to convene 10,000 Jews at the Temple Mount on April 10th to spark discussion about reclaiming the area from the control of its Islamic custodians. A security source told WorldNetDaily that a Palestinian terror group plans use the Jewish visit to spark violence.

Revived Sanhedrin Discusses Temple

Feb. 28, 2005 - An amazing thing happened in Israel on Jan 20th. A ceremony was held in Tiberius, launching a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the land of Israel. It is thought that this is only the second time in the past 1,600 years that a Sanhedrin has been convened. Hal Lindsey explains:
These religious authorities believe it was necessary to re-establish the Sanhedrin because only this properly ordained body of sages can authenticate a Messiah when he comes.
The group is considering how the Temple can be rebuilt. One theory would allow it to be built north of the Dome of The Rock, raising the possibility that Jews and Muslims could share the Temple Mount. Lindsey thinks this could be the meaning of Revelation 11:1-2:
"I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, 'Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.'" (NIV)
Source:Hal Lindsey Oracle (Story no longer online)

A Contentious Battle for the Temple Mount's Survival

Oct. 7, 2004 - Pat Robertson interviewed Gabriel Barkay, a professor of Biblical archaeology at Bar Ilan University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Barkay explained that, when Israel took over the Temple Mount and allowed the Muslims to control it, there was secret agreement between the Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians about a future way of sharing the Temple Mount. That older idea was that the Muslims would have the ues of everything above ground there, but the Jews would build underground structures that they could use. Preempting that possibility the Muslims have built a mosque that will hold 10,000 people adjacent to the al-Aqsa mosque. In the process they have weakened the southern retaining wall.
The wall is bulging out, and the people of Israel are warning that during Ramadan, if thousands and thousands of people come in there, that the entire structure could collapse. It is very serious.
Another matter of great concern behind this Muslim activity and "cultural Intifada." This is an attempt to erase all knowledge that the Jews were in the holy land, and to try to make believe that they had no right to be here at all.

Experts: Temple Mount’s collapse inevitable

Sept. 27, 2004 - Illegal construction on the Temple Mount, coupled with recent earthquakes, makes it almost certain that the mount cannot support the 300,000 Moslem worshipers during the month of Ramadan which begins in just three weeks.
Officials fear the weight of the gathering will result in a catastrophic collapse, killing thousands and possibly doing great damage to the Al Aqsa Mosque, which sits atop the massive underground corridors that make up Solomon’s Stables.
Israeli officials are trying to convince Temple Mount authorities to limit attendance because a collapse would undoubtedly be blamed on the Jews and would start a riot.
Source: Jerusalem Newswire (Story no longer online)

Jews Barred From Temple Mount While Mourning Destruction Of Temples

June 27, 2004 - The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Gershon Solomon and the Temple Mount Faithful organization would not be allowed to enter The Temple Mount area to honor the Fast of Tisha B'Av. This Jewish holy day, the 9th of the Jewish month of Av, marks the destruction of both the first and second Temples. The reason given for the decision was the threat of violence from Muslims. Complaining about the decision, Health Minister Danny Naveh said "The Temple Mount is the only place in the world where Jews cannot pray, even though it is the holiest site to Judaism."
Source:Arutz Sheva

Eastern Temple wall in danger of immediate collapse

May 19, 2004 - The Israel Antiquities Authority has issued a warning that the 2,000-year-old eastern wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount is in danger of immediate collapse. The weakness was caused by the moderate February 11th earthquake that rattled the region.
The report says that the February 11 earthquake damaged the eastern wall of the Temple Mount to such an extent that sections of the wall are liable to cave in on the underground architectural support of the mount, known as Solomon's Stables.
A team of senior Egyptian and Jordanian engineers have conducted various tests to determine the stability of the eastern wall. They discovered new cracks and movements in the already fragile structure.
Source: Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online)

Dome of the Rock Mosque Damaged in Quake

Feb. 24, 2004 - An Arabic Radio source claims that the roof of the Dome of the Rock Mosque on the Temple Mount was cracked during Israel's recent earthquake that hit Israel. The source also said that renovations will be funded by the United Arab Emirates.
Source:Arutz Sheva (Story no longer online)

Minor collapse highlights Temple Mount instability

Feb. 17, 2004 - A moderate earthquake last week in Jerusalem, followed by a snowstorm, evidently weakened a portion of the Temple Mount retaining wall, resulting in a partial collapse of the wall.
The cave in - which sent large rocks crashing down into the women's prayer section in front of the Western Wall... highlighted again the precarious overall condition of Judaism's holiest site...
Source:Jerusalem Newswire (Story no longer online)

Jews urged to emphasize Temple Mount

Dov Lior, who heads the Council of Yesha Rabbis, said ascending the Temple Mount while adhering to the Torah laws governing such a visit can "save us from our enemies."
Another Rabbi, Shar Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi of Haifa said that there is no longer a religious ban on Jews ascending the Temple Mount, but the Chief Rabbinate has not yet officially endorsed such visits.

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