Jerusalem Post: New Research Shows 1967-era Chief Rabbis Called for Israel to control Temple Mount
Then chief Sephardi Rabbi said Jews should oversee the site – either alone or in cooperation with other religions – because it belongs to the Jewish people.
Israel’s chief rabbis called for the country to maintain control of the Temple Mount after the IDF liberated it in 1967, according to research presented in the Knesset Sunday.
Chief Rabbinical Council member Rabbi Eliezer Goldschmidt suggested that an honor guard made up of rabbis protect the entrance to the Temple Mount.
“If supervision of the mosque will be in their [Muslims’] hands, it will mean it belongs to them again,” Goldschmidt said.
The rabbis agreed, however, that the site is too holy for Jews to enter.
Puah found the documents during research for his MA studies at Ariel University.
A spokesman for Feiglin said “there is a serious gap between the [chief rabbinate’s] clear goal to protect sovereignty and the emphasis on prohibiting Jews from entering the site, which led to us losing that sovereignty, as Rabbi Goldschmidt predicted.”
Feiglin outspokenly favors allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount and having Israel take control of the site, which is run by the Wakf, the Muslim religious trust. Last year, he rebelled against the coalition after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu specifically forbade Feiglin from ascending the Mount.