“The Western Wall is merely one of the four supporting walls built by King Herod when he enlarged the Temple Mount. All four of these walls are still standing, and at different times each of them has been a place of Jewish worship.
“The Western Wall only achieved its current status during the Ottoman period, for the simple reason that it was the wall closest to the Jewish Quarter.
“It has no religious connection to the Temple, the remains of which are buried beneath the Mosque of Omar [the Dome of the Rock].”
— Rabbi Yehoram Mazor, Ha’aretz, “Rabbis question relevance of Western Wall“, 24 September 1999