08 March 2018

More than 50  Zionist rabbis paid a provocative visit to al-Aqsa last Tuesday, before meeting with police to discuss access to the holy site, Arutz Sheva reported.

Among those ascending were Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Menachem Makover, head of Vharenu B’vinyano, Rabbi Shlomo Rosenfeld, head of the Shdemot Mehola Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Ozer Chayat, community rabbi in Modi’in (student of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein), and Rabbi Yitzchak Levi of Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Also participating were Rabbi Yehuda Kroizer, rabbi of Mitzpeh Yericho, Rabbi Daniel Shilo, former rabbi of Kedumim, Rabbi Yitzchak Brand of Emmanuel, Rabbi Chevron Shilo, Rosh Yeshiva of the high school in Otniel, Rabbi Eliezer Shinkolavsky, community rabbi in Beit Shemesh and Av Beit Din of the Eretz Hemda monetary rabbinical court.

The Occupation police commander of the area, Chaim Shmueli, reportedly explained to the rabbis the regulations regarding Jewish visitation to al-Aqsa and efforts to improve conditions for Jewish worshipers with “due caution and sensitivity.”

One of the rabbis expressed his frustration to the area commander about the recent arrests of young people active on behalf of Jewish visitation rights on al-Aqsa. The commander replied that the police were implementing a policy according to which action must be taken against anything that is considered a breach of order.