Meir Feinstein and Moshe Barazani die for their underground activities within the Irgun and are buried on the mountain. The leader of the Irgun, Menachem Begin, requests to be buried by their side eventually.
Non-Israeli Christian pilgrims were allowed to visit the mount, but Jews of all countries and most non-Jewish Israeli citizens were barred from entering Jordan and therefore were unable to travel to the area.
The Intercontinental Hotel is built at the top of the mountain.
An American organization was formed to restore ancient gravestones on the site, and refurbishment work commences. The Israeli government has started to provide security escorts to the site free of charge.
Respected American business people buy private land on the mountain's eastern slope.
Planning of the cemetery begins, with the purpose being exclusively for foreigners. Israel's most expert architects, urban planners, and contractors meet to plan an unprecedented and innovative modern cemetery like never seen before. Work on the site commences as well.