Thousands of Jewish visitors are expected to visit the Temple Mount during the Sukkot holiday, the Temple Mount Administration said Friday.
During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the number of Jewish visitors jumped by 20% compared to last year. The Temple Mount Administration stated that due to the increase in visitors, many visitors are expected during Sukkot as well.
The administration added that the sharp increase in Jewish visitors is due to the quiet conditions at the site after Arab rioters were distanced from the site during the holidays. The administration praised the police for creating calm conditions for Jewish visitors during the holidays.
A sukkah has been set up at the entrance to the Temple Mount so that visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments while waiting to enter the site. During the holidays, there are often long lines at the entrance as a limited amount of people are allowed to go up at a time.
According to the Administration, the police are preparing to allow multiple groups to enter the site at the same time in order to lessen the waiting time for visitors.
The Temple Mount will be open to Jewish visitors Sunday to Friday from 7-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Temple Mount is not open to Jews on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Administration stressed that large numbers of people are expected during the first two hours of the morning visiting times and recommended that people wait to go after 9 a.m.
The Administration referenced recent incidents of visitors being arrested after prostrating and blowing the shofar, insisting that despite the isolated arrests, the police treat all visitors with courtesy and tolerance.