FORWARD:

 

    Conflict surrounding the Temple Mount is one of the two major issues that have continued to plague the peace process in Israel. The recent Intifida began when Ariel Sharon attempted to pay an official visit of state to the Har HaBayis. In spite of the toll, which that conflict cost Israel, many issues surrounding the Temple Mount remain unresolved. According to a book by a former Director of the Shin Bet, the various organizations involved in activities related to building the Third Temple are secretly hoping that an extremist group will succeed in blowing up the Dome of the Rock and that this act will precipitate a Jihad against Israel. As a result, the Shin Bet is forced to continually monitor the various groups trying to rebuild the Temple, and the issue remains a festering wound and a smoldering fire beneath the surface of Israeli Politics. It is the intention of this Bill to clarify and resolve the conflicts surround the Temple Mount and to encourage the Knesset to take a proactive approach to resolving the conflicts pertaining to the Temple Mount, before they once more erupt into violence. 

      

 

The Bill:

 

   The bill to build the Third Temple will have three sections

Section 1:

  •   This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslim position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  • If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector. This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
  • This section will provide for the formation of a committee to hear testimony from international experts on the history and archeological study of the first and second Temple. The purpose of the committee will be to determine the exact location of the first and second temple. Testimony will be given by experts from all the various viewpoints on this question, including the Muslin position. Testimony will be inclusive and must include presentations by all scholars having a unique theory as to where the first and second temples were located. At least one member of this committee should include an Arab member of the Knesset. Having reached a conclusion as to where the Temples were located, this committee will hear testimony from experts on Jewish law to determine which areas of the Temple Mount are considered to be "holy" by Jewish religious authorities. Conclusions of the committee based on the two sets of experts must be consistent. For example, if the religious experts testified that a particular area of the Temple Mount is holy because it was the place of the courtyard of the first temple, then that area must correspond closely to the area determined to be the courtyard of the first Temple based on the testimony of the first group of secular and scientific experts.
  • If there are any structures or buildings within the area found to be "holy" based on the conclusions of this committee, then a second committee will be formed to make recommendations regarding the removal of these structures, and what should be done with them after they are moved. This committee will consist of experts in antiquities, archeology, and the preservation of antiquities, and museums. The committee might make recommendations regarding the preservation of these structures in the form of a building, museum, or and other recommendation. If any of the structures which must be moved are Muslim, then the committee must include Muslim experts. 
  •   If it was found that there are structures to be moved from the areas found to be "holy," then the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee will be asked to consider the possible repercussions, military and political to the removal of structures from the areas found to be holy, and the subsequent building of the Third Temple in those areas. It will be the additional responsibility of the committee to suggest appropriate military and political responses to all of the forenamed responses. 
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will be asked to consider the legal status of the ruling by the late General Moshe Dayan, that daily use of the Temple Mount should be under the control of the Muslim religious authorities. The committee will be asked to determine what would be required to change the status quo which has followed, after that ruling.
  • The first part of the 3rd Temple Bill will include provisions for the initiation of a world wide study, conducted by experts, such as by IDT, to determine the feasibility of financing the removal of any structures in areas deemed to be holy, and the building and running of the Third Temple, entirely from the private sector.
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Section 2:

  • Section two will provide for the formation of a governing body or Board of Directors of the Third Temple. Members will be nominated by a search committee and must be voted on by the Knesset. Members should include one or more individuals who might be all male descendants of King David, one or more Cohens, and one or more  Jewish individuals who by virtue of their accomplishments and reputation are deemed to be the appropriate to serve on the governing body of the Third Temple
  • A separate committee or subcommittee of the Board of Directors will consist of Jewish individuals prominent in international finance, business and or international fundraising, and will be chosen for the purpose of raising money for the construction and running of the Third Temple. The committee will work closely with the individual, who will be chosen to act as Treasurer of the Temple 
  •  The second part of the Temple Bill will state that all of the building and running of the Third Temple must be in accord with Jewish Law as determined by the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. It is to be anticipated that there will be conflicts between the demands of the Sanhedrin and the sentiment of members of the Knesset and the public. A committee, therefore, must be formed of Knesset members who will work with or communicate with the Sanhedrin to monitor these areas of dispute. A means of adjunction shall be established in a final version of this bill. 
  • The second part of this bill will provide for the removal of all structures within the areas deemed to be "holy." In keeping with the will of King Solomon, all pilgrims will be allowed to approach the Temple to pray and offer certain types of sacrifices.

 

Section 3:

   The third part of the bill will include all provisions needed for the ongoing running of the Third Temple. This section will provide a means whereby Israel and Jerusalem in particular can make the necessary changes which will be needed to respond to the stimulation of the tourist trade because of Temple related activities. For example, it will be anticipated that many more people will be coming to Jerusalem during the festivals, and they will have to be accommodated. Additionally, pilgrims coming to the Temple will want to offer sacrifices, many of which need to be cooked and eaten at places close to the Temple Mount. It may, therefore, be advisable to appoint an individual to act as coordinator for the accommodation of the needs of pilgrims during the three major festivals.

   Finally, it is to be noted that many individuals, in a spontaneous way have formed organizations and begun to work to build or prepare for the Third Temple. It will be the recommendation of this bill that wherever possible, those individuals be given preference during the hiring of administrators and workers to build and run the Third Temple.