Jewish History on the Temple Mount: Did Jews Abandon It?

One of the most common misconceptions is that Jews abandoned the Temple Mount after the destruction of the second Temple by the hands of the Romans in 70 CE, which is absolutely wrong. I used to believe this myth myself.

As I have studied the actual history of the Temple Mount and what happened to the Jewish presence and prayer on the Mount after the destruction of the second Temple, I was surprised to discover that we have had a continual Jewish presence on the Mount, as well as on the Mt. of Olives east of Mt. Zion facing the Holy Temple.

I also discovered another important and surprising fact. It was Christians that often made sure to prevent Jews from returning to the Temple Mount, rebuilding the Third Temple, or even praying on the place on which both Temples stood!  Read more

Arab Knesset Members Declare Temple Mount for Muslims Only

“The Arab Raam-Taal party in the Knesset held a meeting on Monday with all its members…At the conclusion of the meeting, an announcement summarizing the contents was distributed in Arabic to the media, and included several important points.

The first statement declared that Jews have no right to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, namely the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism.

“The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is the holy property of the Muslims only,” wrote the Arab MKs, who added that they oppose propositions in the Knesset to divide the site between Jews and Muslims by setting areas and times for each group’s usage.”


Israel National News. Arab MKs Declare ‘Temple Mount for Muslims Only.’ By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar. First Publish: 6/26/2014, 5:31 PM. Photo: Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (Raam Taal party) Uri Lenz/FLASH90.

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