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Police Minister: Rachel's Tomb Soon to be More Accessible

reprinted from Arutz 7
16:53 Jan 02, '07 / 12 Tevet 5767

by Hillel Fendel

The following is excerpted from an article describing an official discussion between "the nine-member National Union-National Religious Party Knesset faction invited Dichter... to discuss several issues of concern. Dichter served as head of the General Security Service (Shabak) until joining the Kadima party in early 2006:"

A major issue of discussion was that of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. The police often prevent Jews from praying there at their most sacred site, in order to mollify the Arabs who threaten violence. Jewish prayer at the area known as the Small Wall, further north along the Western Wall, is also often restricted.

MK Uri Ariel said that this status quo must not be allowed to continue. "We must find the opportunity to change this situation, where Jews are not permitted to pray at their most sacred site," he said.

Dichter said that the issue is a diplomatic one that only the government can decide upon. MK Aryeh Eldad said that the Supreme Court had ruled clearly that individual Jews must be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. It was agreed that Eldad would transmit a copy of the ruling to Minister Dichter for his perusal.



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