Rabbis urge for all Jews that visit & pray at the Western Wall to also visit the nearby Tomb of David, to keep it from falling into Vatican hands.
By Israel Today Staff
King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion was the focus of major controversy last summer when it was reported that, under pressure from the Vatican, Israel was preparing to hand over or sell control of the holy site to the Catholic Church.
The site is also holy to Christians, as the second floor of the compound is home to a more modern representation of the “Upper Room.”
In March an Italian newspaper reported that the Israeli government had in fact reached an agreement whereby the Vatican would take control of the Upper Room, while the building itself, and therefore King David’s Tomb, would remain still be owned by the Jewish state. Continue Reading »
Rabbi says that with end of Gaza operation, Israel must return changing status quo at David’s Tomb to front and center…or lose Jewish access.
By Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
Rabbi Eldad Shmueli, an activist for the Jewish rights to King David’s Tomb in Jerusalem’s Mount Tzion, on Wednesday called on the public to visit the David’s Tomb Compound to fight the change in status quo that threatens Jewish access to the holy site.
Crosses at King David’s Tomb for Mass – File Photo: Yonatan Yosef
Speaking to Arutz Sheva about the impact of Operation Protective Edge, which reached a controversial long-term ceasefire on Tuesday, Rabbi Shmueli said “from the nature of things during the war we were distracted from David’s Tomb, everything moved to the side.” Continue Reading »
Exclusive: Knesset Interior Committee meeting exposes secret arrangement with Christians that ‘soon no Jews at David’s Tomb.’
By Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
In a Knesset Interior Committee meeting on Monday chaired by MK Miri Regev (Likud), it was revealed that Christians received permission to hold fixed prayers in the David’s Tomb Compound, in a breach of the status quo that threatens Jewish prayer rights.
Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook, chief rabbi of Rehovot and rabbi of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City, took part in the Committee meeting and told Arutz Sheva about the serious implications of what was revealed. Continue Reading »
An official said that Israel has no intention of transferring control of King David’s Tomb to the Catholic church, but a report who’s source originates in Italy, says otherwise.
By Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen
Is there a secret deal between the Vatican and Israel to transfer control over King David’s Tomb to the Catholic church? An investigative report in Makor Rishon cites La Stampa Vatican Insider journalist Andrea Tornielli as saying that the deal has been nearly completed, and that Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin is in charge of the negotiations with the Vatican, but Israel denies any such deal. Continue Reading »
Christian leaders pressuring Israel to relinquish to the Vatican control of Mt. Zion housing King David’s tomb, and the building with the ‘last supper’ hall.
By Maayana Miskin
Christian leaders reportedly pressured Israel to turn over control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem during a clandestine meeting of senior city officials.
The meeting took place Tuesday in the office of Attorney Amnon Merhav, the director-general of the Jerusalem municipality. It was attended by officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Office, Tourism Ministry, Police, Kotel Rabbi’s Office, and more.
During the meeting, representatives of Christian groups in the capital pushed Jerusalem leaders to give the Catholic Church control over the Mount Zion area that includes the “Hall of the Last Supper.” Continue Reading »