Rabbi Lior and other rabbis on Temple Mount
Rabbi Lior and other rabbis on Temple MountYossi Dermer

Former Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior arrived this morning on the Temple Mount in preparation for Jerusalem Day.

Rabbi Eliezer Waldman and his son Rabbi Noam Waldman, head of the Kiryat Arba yeshiva; Rabbi Elkana Lior, son of Rabbi Dov Lior and Rabbi of the yeshiva in Beit El; Rabbi Menachem Felix, Rabbi Yishai Babad, Rabbi Kobi Yakir, Rabbis of Yeshivat Beit Orot, and other rabbis joined Rabbi Lior.

The rabbis walked in the places permitted by Rabbi Lior's ruling, staying near the Mount's perimeter walls while maintaining considerable distance from the elevated "mound" in the center of the Mount and the steps leading to it.

"It's very important to visit the site of the Temple and emphasize Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, but of course the end does not justify the means, and therefore one should be careful about purity, permitted boundaries, and respect of the place according to Jewish law," said Rabbi Lior.

For years Rabbi Lior and colleagues have ascended the Temple Mount at this time of year, even encouraging government ministers to continue ascending after being blamed for a concurrent increase in Muslim violence.

The Temple Mount was liberated from Jordanian occupation by IDF troops in the June 1967 Six Day War. Since that time, control of the holy site has been turned over to the Muslim Waqf Authority, which continues to ignore the Jewish connection to the site as well as civil law, carrying out major illegal construction projects while deliberately destroying any trace of the Mount's Jewish roots in an attempt to create an Islamic claim to the site.

This year Jerusalem Day falls on Sunday, May 13.