“We will raise the flag on the Temple Mount! 50 years after the unification of Jerusalem, this is the reality we live in:
- Jews do not have free access to the Temple Mount
- Only Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount
- There is not safety and security on the Temple Mount
- It is prohibited to raise the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount premises
The Temple Mount is not in our hands! We must change this absurdity! We therefore are calling to express our sovereignty on the Temple Mount and allow freedom of religious practice for all religions, which will bring safety and security to all those visiting the Temple Mount.”
Regev has a long history of supporting the Temple Mount. In 2014, she co-sponsored a bill that would allow Jews the freedom to pray on the Temple Mount, however, the bill did not pass in a Knesset vote.
Regev’s enthusiasm, however, goes well beyond legislative efforts. In May, for example, Regev attended the Cannes Film Festival wearing a dress that featured an image of the Temple Mount.
The lack of a political response to Regev’s decision to sign the petition can actually be seen as a sign of progress towards expanding Jewish rights on the Temple Mount. In 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked Justice Minister Tzipi Hotovely for saying in an interview that her dream was to “see the Israeli flag flying on the Temple Mount.” The Prime Minister followed up this rebuke with a warning to other ministers in his coalition to “act accordingly.”
If the petition is successful, it will be the first time in 50 years that the Israeli flag has been seen on the Temple Mount. Just a few hours after the paratroopers liberated the Temple Mount during the Six Day War in 1967, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan ordered them to remove the Israeli flag that they had raised on the site.