Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar
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Works near Mugrabi Gate
Photo: Dudi Vaknin
Chief Rabbi takes a stand: "There is no need for unnecessary provocations" in the Temple Mount, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar said Thursday, adding he will try to reach an understanding and cooperation with Muslim clerics on the matter.
The Rabbi's statements regarding the construction project near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem were published in Shas' journal "Meyom Leyom".
Amar said that the controversial Israeli works, which stirred outrage in the Arab world, should be reexamined.
"The Chief Rabbinate should discuss the issue before construction works on the bridge connecting the Western Wall and the Temple Mount begin. This matter should be examined from the perspective of Jewish law," Amar stated.
The Rabbi added that save for security forces, no Jew should be allowed access to the Temple Mount.
Meanwhile, Shas Chairman Eli Yishai said that the works should continue, adding that the movement's spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef should be the one to rule on any religious question pertaining to entrance to the Temple Mount.
The Jerusalem police decided Thursday not to approve a Jewish religious event scheduled to take place near the Temple Mount next Sunday, in an attempt to prevent clashes between Jews and Muslim worshippers.