13 August 2020

On the eve of the Jewish commemoration of the 9th of Av, a new ‘Temple Mount’ lobby was established in the Israel’s Knesset, The lobby is headed by Knesset Members Ariel Kalner and May Golan of the ruling Likud party. The two lawmakers noted that the the lobby’s mission is to strengthen Jewish sovereignty as well as presence at Masjid al-Aqsa.

Kallner added that “it’s symbolic that we established the lobby on the eve of the 9th of Av fast.” He told Breaking Israel News that the lobby will operate “to strengthen our grip on the holy site. It is no coincidence that the Temple’s menorah is also the symbol of the sovereign State of Israel and the resurrection of the Jewish people in its land.” Adding a blessing, Kallner stated: May these days turn from mourning into festivities.”

Although Kallner claimed that the group won’t outright lobby to build a Temple atop Masjid al-Aqsa, he did say that building it is the “dream of the Jewish people.” He also stressed that among the goals was that Jews enjoy “basic human rights” whilst inside the Masjid.

Golan added to Kallner’s sentiments saying that “the eve of Tisha B’Av is a historic opportunity to remember how the Temple Mount is the most important place in Judaism.”

The ‘Students for the Temple Mount’ movement and the ‘Temple Mount Heritage Foundation’ will head the lobby’s activities released a statement congratulating MKs Kallner and Golan who “established this crucial lobby, together we will work to reach our goals for the Temple Mount also from within the Knesset.”

In the 20th Knesset, a similar Temple Mount lobby was established by former MK Rabbi Yehuda Glick and Shuli Mualem.

Masjid al-Aqsa is the third of Islam’s most holy sites and the second Masjid to be established on earth.

ADAPTED FROM: Breaking Israel News