PM Bennett Walks Back Endorsement of Jewish Worship on Temple Mount

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Visits by Jews to the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av continued to arouse controversy on Monday, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett appearing to back off his endorsement of Jewish visitation rights.

Small numbers of Jews have ascended the Mount during the holy day, prompting violent condemnations from Arab countries.

Bennett initially said that Jews and Muslims should have “freedom of worship” at the site, according to the Times of Israel.

Muslim authorities currently enforce a racist policy under which Jews are forbidden to pray on the Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Shortly after, however, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Bennett intended to say both religions should have “freedom of visitation rights.”

The PMO also said that the government will uphold the current “status quo” on the Mount.

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