Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, considered to be one of the greatest living Jewish law experts, has reiterated his previously expressed opinion that it is halachically forbidden for Jews to ascend to the Temple Mount.
Elyashiv told this to President Shimon Peres on Thursday when the latter visited him in his succa in Jerusalem's Mea She'arim neighborhood.
Peres raised the issue in light of renewed hostilities between Muslim religious authorities and small groups of Jews who choose to ignore the halachic prohibitions.
Elyashiv said that aside from the halachic aspect, it was also important to consider that any planned or attempted Jewish presence on the Temple Mount could lead to needless bloodshed and further condemnation of Israel by the nations of the world.
Peres noted that the voice of such a renowned and revered authority as Elyashiv should be heard and heeded.