Israel’s deputy minister of religious affairs, Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home), reiterated in a video posted to YouTube this week that the Israeli government is working on new regulations that would finally permit Jews to pray at Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
“I believe and expect that the prime minister and his government will adopt these regulations…and allow any Jew who wants to ascend the Temple Mount and pray there to do so,” Ben-Dahan said in a video address to an emergency conference organized by the Liba Project for Jewish Freedom at the Temple Mount.
“The reality in which…only Jews are prohibited from praying on the Temple Mount makes no sense and is unreasonable,” the minister continued. “I hope, with God’s help, that we will succeed in changing this reality soon.”
The conference was addressed in person by several other Israeli politicians, as well as by American Christian pastor Keith Johnson, who was recently ejected from the Temple Mount after the holy site’s Muslim overlords became displeased by his fraternizing with local Jewish activists.
“I wasn’t breaking their illegal rules against reading my Bible or praying,” said Johnson in his own video message (see below). Johnson was removed from the Temple Mount because “I innocently greeted my friend Rabbi Yehuda Glick (director of Liba) and introduced him to the group I was leading.”
Pastor Johnson challenged the Israeli authorities to stop cowing in the face of Muslim intimidation, and find a way to let Jews practice their religious freedom in all parts of the Land, most especially the Temple Mount.
Pastor Johnson’s full address is an important one for Christians concerned by this issue: