January 31, 2023

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How a minister angered a chief rabbi in the new Netanyahu government

The Israeli Minister of Internal Security visited the Esplanade of Mosques in Jerusalem on Tuesday, January 3. This prompted verbal condemnations in America, Europe, the Arab world… and even from the Chief Rabbi of Israel!

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Five days after taking office, the new Israeli government has angered the United States and many of its European neighbors, including France. : Tuesday, January 3, Itamar Ben Quir, figure of the messianic, racist and anti-Arab religious far-right, It went up to the site of the mosques in Jerusalem. It is the third holiest site in Islam, but the most sacred to Jews, who call it the “Temple Mount”.

Obviously, the Palestinians protested, as did several European countries, including the United States, France, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

>> According to historian Vincent Lemire, Itamar Ben Quir was “a troublemaker”.

Further This displacement of Ben Gvir This angered some ultra-Orthodox religious Jews : A columnist for an ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi newspaper Yate Neiman Talks about a “An unnecessary and dangerous provocation, which has angered the Arab world, alarmed the world and led to the strongest condemnation of the United States” ; That Sephardic newspaper Haderek says that“We Jews believe that no good comes from resisting God’s will”.

Because in some streams of Judaism, climbing the Temple Mount is forbidden. Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi reiterated this week after Ben Quir’s visit : The place was too holy for Jews to walk. Stepping on the holy is a sin and risks leading other Jews into sin. The prohibition is even written at the entrance to the Holy Place, in English and Hebrew, and Itamar ben Gvir could not have missed it!

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