Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to a Zionist conference in Jerusalem about the Palestinian mufti’s role in persuading Hitler to exterminate European Jewry elicited angry responses from the opposition on Wednesday.
A Sephardic Jewish spiritual leader said Thursday that Jewish presence on the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem was part of the reasons for the current deterioration in the security situation. “Of course this [Jews visiting the Temple Mount] sparked all the current tumult,” Rabbi Shimon Ba adani said. The Council of Torah Sages for the ultra-Orthodox Shas party recently shelved a letter in which it calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to issue a sweeping prohibition against the entry of Jews onto the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, based on the view that halakha, Jewish religious law, bars Jews from treading on the site of the two ancient temples that once stood on the site. The prime minister has since barred any lawmakers from visiting the site.