Majority of Israelis in favor of some arrangement for Jewish prayer rights at Temple Mount

April 12, 2015 18:27


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A new poll released on Sunday by the Yesodot Center for Torah and Democracy showed a majority of Jews in Israel favoring prayer rights for Jews on the Temple Mount, something which is currently forbidden by police restrictions.

The Supreme Court has upheld the theoretical right for Jews to pray at the site although it has stated that the security services are permitted to take security considerations into account when deciding whether or not to allow non-Muslim prayer there.

Access for Jews and other non-Muslims at the Temple Mount is strictly controlled, and police prohibit any non-Muslim prayer at the site as well as any outward demonstrations of religious worship, in accordance with the demands of the Jordanian Islamic trust, or Wakf, which administers the area.

According to the poll conducted by the Yifat Gat research institute in April on a sample of 500 adults, 37 percent of those interviewed agreed that the government should allow free access to adherents of all religions who wish to pray at the Temple Mount.

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