Last year, The Fellowship's Ami Farkas told us about a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence - the first time he, as an Israeli and a Jew, ascended the Temple Mount. It seems that such a special journey is becoming more and more common, Ynet News' Kobi Nachshoni tells us, as there has been at least a 47% increase in the past few months of Jews visiting this, the holiest site in Judaism:
[M]ore than 12,000 people made a pilgrimage to the holy site in the first half of the current Hebrew year—an increase of almost 50 percent compared to the same period last year.
In light of security tensions in Jerusalem and the fear of escalation as Passover, Israel's 70th Independence Day, the move of the American embassy to the capital and the month of Ramadan are all drawing near, the Yeraeh organizing published its half-yearly report on the matter.
The most prominent information gleaned from the report was that from the Hebrew months of Tishrei to Adar—comparable to the Gregorian months of September through March—during which at least 12,135 Jews visited the Temple Mount, compared to 8,229 last year—marking a 47 percent increase...
"The significant increase we are witnessing today began two years ago and grew stronger after the Temple Mount terror attack," Yeraeh said. "The chief reasons are kinder and more pleasant police attitudes, removing rioters and Islamic interlopers who previously bothered groups of Jews and a growing religious-rabbinical encouragement of pure Temple Mount pilgrimage..."
Data from Tisha B'Av, published days after the conclusion of the Temple Mount metal detector crisis, enraged Jordanian officials. The Hashemite Kingdom's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi attacked "extremists' storming into the courtyard of al-Aqsa" and said that the number of Jews who climbed to the mountain that day was "a record unseen since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967..."