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Support Grows for Ending Ban on Jewish Prayer at Temple Mount

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A guard from the Muslim Wafq observing Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount on August 11, 2013. Photo: The Temple Institute.

A guard from the Muslim Wafq observing Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount on August 11, 2013. Photo: The Temple Institute.

Washington Post/AP – For decades, the religious Jews who bucked a rabbinic ban and visited a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem where the ancient Jewish temple once stood were seen by many as a fanatic fringe.

But their cause is gaining support among both mainstream religious Jews and Israel’s government. Jewish visits to the politically-sensitive compound are on the rise, and key Israeli lawmakers are lobbying to end a ban on Jewish prayer there.

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