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Say 'No' to the Kotel, Temple Activists Urge

Temple Movement may adopt a new slogan – "Say 'no' to the Kotel" – because it wants people to say 'yes' to the Temple Mount.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/1/2011, 10:29 PM

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.

However, the dream is more possible than ever and it is time to start thinking and acting differently, he urged.

"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."

"The Kotel is the back yard of the Temple Mount," he said. "The Nation of Israel returned to Israel 'lehashiv et ha'avoda liDvir Beitecha,'" he said – quoting a line from the daily Shmoneh Esreh prayer in which Jews ask G-d to let them renew the Temple rituals.

Glick said that the press and the legal system should be used in order to change the way people think about the subject.

One hundred years ago, he added, the people who spoke about establishing a Jewish state were a tiny minority – yet this is what happened. "The chances for a state 100 years ago were much slimmer than the chance for a Temple today," he said. "Of course one person cannot do this, so we have united – all of the bodies that focus on this subject and we want to tell the public – we built a state, now it is time for a change of consciousness."

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.