Inon Dan Kehati

Founder & Chairman of HaBayit

Born in Israel, a descendant from a Yemeni-Ashkenazi Jewish family.

His Yemenite grandfather Moshe Kehati, who traveled a long way from the Arabian Peninsula to Jerusalem on donkeys, was the president of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem and one of the land redeemers (“Geulat Adamot”) in Israel during the British Mandate, before the establishment of the State of Israel.

His Ashkenazi grandfather, Zvi Danziger, left the ultra-Orthodox way of life and immigrated to Israel before World War II, avoiding the fate of most of his family members who were exterminated in the Holocaust, along with 6,000,000 European Jews.

Inon served in the IDF in training positions at Zikim, and holds a bachelor’s degree in government, diplomacy, and strategy, and specialized in Middle Eastern studies at IDC Herzliya.

Inon founded HaBayit in 2014 through independent investment, without any donations from foreign governments or organizations. Since the beginning of his activism, Inon has initiated and implemented hundreds of meetings, activities, and political conferences with thousands of participants to effectively change the discourse between Jews and Palestinians.

Inon views the Declaration of Independence, the Torah, and the vision of the prophets of Israel as the main guiding elements for the implementation of a just and equitable path to peace between the Palestinians & the Jewish people, the State of Israel and with all the people living in the Middle East.

Why and how did l founded HaBayit?

“Until I was 34, I did not believe in peace, nor did I plan to establish a peace organization. I can say that the peace organizations that operated in Israel distanced me away from peace. I founded HaBayit at the end of 2014, during the period after the abduction and murder of Gil-ad Sha’ar, Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Muhammad Abu Khdeir, operation Protective Edge and the subsequent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. The assassination attempt on Yehuda Glick ignited the issue of the Temple Mount in my soul, which led me to write a Facebook post on how the Temple Mount should be the key to peace, leading me to meet for the first time in my life, a Palestinian, John Elias Dabis from Ramallah. Thanks to this meeting and the special friendship that was forged between us, I began to meet with Palestinians and understand the other side’s story, without political or media filters, and to see on the ground, at eye to eye level, the big picture of the Palestinian identity and respect it. The unmediated encounter with the Palestinian society, in the villages, cities and refugee camps, also led me to get to know and respect the Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria and to understand what it means to be a Jew living in the Land of Israel.

My goal in establishing HaBayit was to create a local peace movement that works that does not function like the other peace organizations in Israel and to give a platform to Jews and Palestinians who are loyal to the entire Land and the identity from which they come, in order to influence the public discussion and bring a new political vision based on respect, peace and unity between Jews and Palestinians, where the Temple Mount (Har HaBayit) is the ultimate destination.

Where the heart of the problem is, is also where the heart of the solution is.

The Temple Mount will be the place that unites us. Since the answer to the question “When will things happen” is exclusive to G-d, I cannot determine for sure if it will happen in my lifetime, but I act from the belief that it will happen at some point in the future – with absolute certainty.“

Inon Dan Kehati