A number of Jewish Zionist rabbis and Public Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir came under harsh criticism from Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef for their views on climbing to the Temple Mount.
Rabbi Yosef disclosed that the Chief Rabbinate Council had examined a proposal allowing ascent to the Temple Mount in his weekly shiur, which is broadcast on a unique channel.
He explained, “There’s a sign from the Chief Rabbinate saying one shouldn’t enter Temple Mount. The other council members disputed with the rabbi, and he said, “We have rabbis of our own,” before saying that the sign should be changed to read, “Some say that it is prohibited to enter and some say it is permitted.
One who? Rabbi Dov Lior and all other rabbis who are not gedolim from the previous generation’s ankle height
“How do they allow? The Steipler, Rav Shach, the Chazon Ish, Maran (Rabbi Ovadia Yosef), and Rabbi Elyashiv are those to whom they are compared. They don’t even approach them.
I advised Rabbi Lau to cast a vote without fear. Two people voted in favor of taking down the sign when it was put to a vote: Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, the top rabbi of Tzfat, and Rabbi Aryeh Stern, who, by way of an agreement, became chief rabbi of Jerusalem. Ben-Gvir was also admonished by Rabbi Yosef, who said, “There is one of the government ministers, who is not worthy of being named by name, who enters the Temple Mount publicly—he is sinning and causing others to sin.
He causes individuals to mistakenly enter the precinct.