Israel has been financially supporting nonprofit associations that advocate building a biblical Third Temple on the Jerusalem site currently occupied by the al Aqsa mosque, an Israel Army Radio report exposed on Sunday.
Army Radio reports that over the past ten years, Israel's Education and Culture and Sports Ministries have transferred between NIS 300,000 - NIS 700,000 to the Temple Institute, which "aims to do all in our limited power to bring about the building of the Holy Temple in our time".
The Temple Institute website shows models of the third biblical Temple, with the Muslim holy site of al Aqsa mosque absent from the drawings.
The Education Ministry reacted to the Army Radio report, saying that the Temple Institute "meets criteria for receiving subsidies that go toward instructing students who visit the institute, and this has been the case for over 10 years now.”
“The Temple Institute deals with research, and it is supported by the ministry in accordance with professional criteria," a Culture and Sport Ministry spokesperson said in response.
Source: Alternative News