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Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed is the rosh yeshiva of the Beit El yeshiva in Beit Elmarker, an Israeli settlement in the West Bankmarker.

On halachic grounds, he opposes the idea of either Jews or gentiles going on the Temple Mountmarker.

Views on Israeli citizenship

Rabbi Melamed has stated that "There must be legislation allowing Jewish people everywhere in the world to become Israeli citizens, even if they do not live here." Melamed viewed this as a way to shore up Israel's Jewish demographic in elections. At the same time, he advocated that some Arab citizens of Israel should be stripped of their civil rights: "Even those with a democratic viewpoint understand that we must limit the rights of those who wish to harm the State. There are many non-Jews in Israel who are striving to undermine the country." According to Melamed, "These people should not be able to vote who sits in the Knessetmarker or determine who leads the country. The law must dictate that the subversive cannot be citizens."


  1. Rabbi Melamed, "Indifference toward the Temple Mount; The Temple Mount Off Limits",, 25 Dec. 2001
  2. Rabbi Melamed, "Non-Jews Forbidden on Temple Mount",, 8 Oct. 2009
  3. Nahshoni, Kobi," Rabbi: Revoke citizenship of non-Jews," Ynet, 28 April 2008

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