Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin
The office of the Sephardi Chief Rabbi, the Rishon LeZion Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, utterly rejected Sunday all reports stating that Israel is considering giving away King David's Tomb to the Vatican.
Last week, MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas) claimed in an Arutz Sheva interview that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself asked Rabbi Yosef about the halakhic [Jewish law] ramifications of giving awaythe tomb, which sits on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu later rejected the claim as "baseless"; the Rabbi's office stated that no such request had been handed to them by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) at all and that any such requests would not even be investigated in principle.
Foreign Ministry officials recently claimed, once again, that a request had been submitted to the Rabbinate - amidst a flurry of tensions over the issue and several rumors stating that the land is still on the negotiating table. Rabbi Yosef's spokesman, David Amar, replied Sunday by stating that "never happened" and that "there was no appeal."
Amar added that the issue has also been discussed with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the Western Wall Rabbi and the legal and religious authority in Israel for a number of holy sites. The Rabbi rejected the concept outright, saying it was "out of the question."
Concerns over a possible transfer of the property have been raised multiple times over the past several months. Last month, an Israeli diplomatic source told Arutz Sheva that the Israeli government has no intention of transferring control over the site to the Church.
to read more: israelnationalnews.com
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