Rabbinic leaders and Temple Mount activist groups have demanded the Israeli government allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site. Israeli restrictions forbid Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount and only allow Jews to ascend for certain hours on some days while the Mount is open to muslims year long. Muslim prayer services take place throughout the day on the many mosques and Islamic religious schools situated on the Jewish holy site.
A letter to Olmert called the Temple Mount "the holiest place in the world for the Jewish people, yet Jews are denied the right to pray in groups, and even as individuals ... they are granted no opportunity for any religious expression whatsoever on the Temple Mount."
"However, let it be known that the Jewish people will never accept the total refusal of Jewish communal prayer on the Mountain," the letter states.