A call by Knesset members and major rabbis is expected to bring record crowds to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem’s Jubilee next week. The United Temple Movements called the gathering as a joyous echo of the original declaration made by Israeli soldiers 50 years ago when they announced in victory, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”
“50 years after [IDF General] Motti Gur said to the nation, ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands,’ I cry out to you, men and women, religious and secular, come up to Jerusalem, to the Temple Mount, with massive joy, and children’s laughter, in hope for the building of Jerusalem in completeness, our eternal capital, the most beautiful in the world,” encouraged Miri Regev, Culture and Sport Minister (Likud), in a video urging Israelis to ascend on the momentous day.
This year, Israel marks the the 50th anniversary, or jubilee, of the unification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, an event of untold significance. On that day, Israeli forces took back the Old City, Western Wall and Temple Mount from the occupation of the Jordanian army. Jerusalem Day, this year accompanied by hundreds of celebratory events and commemorations, will begin on the evening of May 23.
Regev’s video was part of series initiated by MK Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a Likud member of Knesset and advocate for multi-faith prayer on the Temple Mount. Glick enlisted politicians, major rabbis, and other public figures to call for large numbers of Jews to go up to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day.
According to the video, Israeli police forces, which generally discourage Jews from visiting the Temple Mount, especially in large groups, will allow special conditions permitting the gathering. Restrictions limiting the number of Jews entering the site will be temporarily lifted.
Moshe Feiglin, a political columnist and former Likud MK, appeared in one of the videos, calling out to all “those faithful to the Temple Mount and the Temple.”
“It is clear that this is the correct thing to do, the blessed thing to do,” he said. “The Temple Mount is not in our hands if we aren’t there.”
Feiglin told Breaking Israel News that the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people is inestimable.
“The Temple Mount is the heart of the land and the people,” he asserted. “We are showing that we love the place and we have not forgotten. It belongs to the Jewish people.”
The timing is significant, coming one day after US President Donald Trump completes his first official visit to Jerusalem. However, Feiglin stated that the call was not political, but “fundamental to who we are.”
“It is what we, as Jews, must do.”
Among the rabbis who joined the call were Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief of Kiryat Arba; Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute; Rabbi Yaakov Meidan, head of the prestigious Har Etzion Yeshiva; Rabbi David Davidkovitz, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, and Rabbi Yehudah Kroyzer.