Half the Israeli public wants the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash) to be
rebuilt. This is the main finding of a poll commissioned by the Knesset
Television Channel and carried out by the Panels Institute.
The poll was taken in advance of this Tuesday’s national day of
mourning, known as Tisha B’Av, on which the two Holy Temples in
Jerusalem were destroyed, 2,000 and 2,500 years ago, respectively.
nine percent said they want the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, while
23% said they do not. The remainder said they were unsure.
public is about evenly split on whether they believe it will happen,
with a slight edge – 42% to 39% – to those who believe the Third Holy
Temple will be rebuilt.
Should the State of Israel take active
steps towards the reconstruction? Forty-eight percent said no, while 27%
The complete results of the poll will be broadcast on
Channel 99, the Knesset channel, on Monday night at 9:30 P.M., right
after the traditional evening prayers and mournful recitation of the
Book of Lamentations in synagogues throughout the country.
the current political climate, the onset of construction of the Beit
HaMikdash, and possibly even a poll on the subject, is not likely to go
over quietly in the Islamic world, which currently has day-to-day
control over the Temple Mount. A mere visit to the holy site in the year
2,000 by then-Opposition Leader Ariel Sharon is blamed by Arabs for
having sparked the Oslo War, a terrorist onslaught that claimed nearly
1,000 Israeli lives in just over four years – although in truth, the war
was planned by leading Palestinian Authority figures for months