Say 'No' to the Kotel, Temple Activists Urge
The Movement for Establishment of the Temple will hold a Temple Conference and "Temple Feast" in ten days' time, and it intends to adopt a new slogan – "Say 'No' to the Kotel" -- that some will find provocative.
Yehuda Glick of the Movement explained the rationale behind the slogan in an exclusive Arutz Sheva interview. The Jewish people, he said, have gotten psychologically accustomed over the centuries to a situation in which they only had access to the Kotel and in which rebuilding the Temple seemed like an impossible dream.
"About 25 years ago we started to ascend to the Temple Mount," he explained. "We were barely ten people. And now hundreds of people ascend. The question is, how do we create a consciousness that Jews on the Temple Mount are a natural thing."
Glick said that the press and the legal system should be used in order to change the way people think about the subject.
Some Jewish religious authorities forbid ascent to the Temple Mount, citing the Jewish nation's current state of impurity. Others permit it within strict boundaries. Yet others set boundaries that are less strict, but none allow entry into the area where the Temple actually stood.