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  4/17/2013, Iyar 7, 5773

Meretz MK Against Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount?


Member of Knesset Michal Rozin of the Meretz party was appalled over a call for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. "This is a perverse attempt and cynical use of religion and political measures aimed at putting spokes in the wheels of the peace process," said MK Rozin. She was responding to an earlier statement by MK Miri Regev of the Likud Party who said it was biased to ban Jewish prayer at the ancient holy site. "I do not understand why a Jew is not allowed to pray in their most sacred place, the Temple Mount," she told a Knesset committee on Wednesday. MK Rozin responded that MK Regev's proposal would stir up animosity with the Muslims who currently control the site and forbid any non-Muslim prayer. Those that pray outwardly are arrested by Israeli police.

She also complained that the government continues to push what is referred to as the "two state solution." In such a final solution, it may be possible that the Temple Mount and other areas located in Jerusalem's Old City would fall under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. Thus for a member of the ruling Likud party calling for more Jewish freedoms in the area could run counter to a future redistricting of neighborhoods. The Temple Mount, Western Wall and Old City of Jerusalem were under Jordanian occupation for 19 years between the War of Independence and the Six Day War. The Israeli government allowed the Muslim Wafq to retain control of the Temple Mount. The site was home to the first Holy Temple built by King Solomon and the second Holy Temple built by King Herod. It is currently the site of the Al Aksa mosque.