Temple Institute director Yehuda Glick, who welcomed the series of speakers at the event, began by invoking the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, telling the crowd, “Before he was murdered, [Rabin] said that the greatest danger facing democracy in Israel was the surrender to violence.
“Yet, recent events show an alarming phenomenon of police actually caving in to Palestinian violence on the Temple Mount.”
Thus was the tone of the conference, in which Glick and others spoke out against “discrimination” against religious Jews who wish to visit the site.
“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,” Yosef Rabin, who is affiliated with an organization called The Movement for the Establishment of the Temple, told The Jerusalem Post.
“Meanwhile, secular Israelis and non-Jewish tourists are allowed to enter the site freely.
Rabbi Yaakov Meidan, the head of the influential Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut: if Jews were to increase their presence, keep coming to the Temple Mount, and if they get thrown out, come back and file a complaint, then we would gain the momentum, and I’m not talking about a few people here. I’m talking about hundreds and thousands,”