“The note needs to be straightened out: The several hundred Jews who climbed the Temple Mount on Tisha Be’av, the day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Holy Quilts that stood on the mountain, were not settlers who stormed al-Aqsa,” he wrote. The Jerusalem Post.
According to the report, it was the Jews who wanted to visit their holiest site on a day of fasting dedicated to remembering the Holy Temple that once stood there, and its destruction.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett allowed Jews to board the site Sunday, although initial violence broke out there in an attempt by some Arabs to discourage Jews from doing so.
After meeting with Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev and police chief Kobi Shabtai, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying Bennett’s directive was that organized and safe visits by Jews to the Temple Mount should continue, while maintaining order at the site.
Reasonable debate could ensue over whether Israel should adopt a policy of allowing Jews to visit and even pray on the Temple Mount—Judaism’s holiest site, and Islam’s third holiest site—but once the government determines this is permitted, threats of violence should not prevent it from pursuing the policy which he thought was correct.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Israel also has the right to expect that the 1,700 Jews who went to the Temple Mount were not falsely framed as an attack on al-Aqsa.