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One mount, two religions, three proposals: Reiner, Knohl, Fisch

The controversy over the Temple Mount is again threatening to ignite the region. Three Israeli and Jewish viewpoints suggest a different perspective on the holiness of the site and the meaning of sovereignty over it
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The controversy over the Temple Mount is again threatening to ignite the region. Three Israeli and Jewish viewpoints suggest a different perspective on the holiness of the site and the meaning of sovereignty over it. Professor Israel Knohl relates to the partial fulfillment of Yeshayahu’s vision; Professor Elhanan Reiner explains the idea behind aliyah l’regel; and Professor Menachem Fisch explains that the holiness of place is not connected to ownership.
 
Israel Knohl: "…it is possible to positively view the fact that Muslims come to the Temple Mount to pray."
 
Elhanan Reiner: "It is not a religious desire to reach the holy place. It is empty nationalism that sanctifies the foothold."
 
Menachem Fisch: "…at a time when the dream of the Temple remains confined in our hearts until the End of Days, we cannot relate to this place from a distance as we do now; that is, without demanding exclusive ownership over it.  
 

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