Yosef Rabin of the Movement for the Establishment of the Temple said:
"When a visibly Jewish person wants to go onto the mount, they are made to wait, sometimes as long as an hour, while police subject them to humiliating security checks and searches. Meanwhile, secular Israelis and non-Jewish tourists are allowed to enter the site freely. One of the messages here tonight, in addition to the call on Jews to increase their presence at the Temple Mount, is to call attention to, and hopefully put an end to, this discrimination by police. It's absurd to me that the only other place I know of where Jews are forbidden from praying, on a state level, is Mecca. But we're talking about the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism."
Well said Mr. Rabin. I'm right there with you, brother.
There was also discussion about prominent rabbis who have declared it forbidden to ascend Har HaBayit for purity reasons. Some speakers pointed out that if knowledgeable people marked of what areas were forbidden and which were not, then these rabbis would most likely have no problem.
Here's my halachic pronouncement. Muslims defile our holy places every day. The Foundation Stone is in their hands. Jews should not only be going to Har HaBayit, they should be davening there. No muslim and no state authority has the right to stop us.
My favorite Likud MK, Tzipi Hotovely, once again laid it out in the plainest, most direct terms. Jews must strengthen their bond with the Temple Mount.
"And the way to do that is to declare it. The way to do that is to go there. True, this is something the rabbinical world is divided on at the moment, but I think it's something that the Jewish people should begin to do more."On the issue as to whether an increased Jewish presence would escalate the violence, she said:
"The more we back away from the Temple Mount, the more violence will increase. And not only will it increase, she added, it will spread to other parts of Jerusalem, to the Kotel for example."Is it any wonder why I think Hotovely is the bees knees? She rocks, and she's right. We must increase our presence at the Temple Mount. It was put into our hands in 1967 for a reason. That reason was not to put it in the hands of those sworn to kill us. That is an act of insanity.
When we assert our sovereignty over Har HaBayit, things will start falling into place for Am Yisrael.