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August 9, 2015 9:21 pm

Knesset Members Blast Jerusalem Police for ‘Total Failure’ in Providing Mount of Olives Security

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The Knesset's Committee on the Interior had heavy criticism for the deterioration of the security situation atop the Mount of Olives. PHOTO: Miri Tzachi/NRG.

The Knesset’s Committee on the Interior had sharp criticism for local police over the deterioration of the security situation atop the Mount of Olives. PHOTO: Miri Tzachi/NRG.

Israeli lawmakers denounced security efforts at the Mount of Olives as a “total failure” after a recent tour of the iconic Jerusalem burial ground, Israel’s NRG reported on Sunday.

The report, from members of the Knesset’s Interior and Environment Committee, comes in the wake of a series of incidents where gravestones and shrines were vandalized and desecrated.

Committee Chairman MK David Amsalem blamed the local Jerusalem police department for the deterioration, saying, “If I were the District Commander I would not be sleeping at night. In this place, great people from Israel are buried, fallen IDF soldiers and great rabbis. This is the honor of the people of Israel.”

He added that he was tired of hearing that there were no funds available to increase security atop the Mount. He said he was, “ashamed as a citizen and as a Member of Knesset. We must press on this situation on the Mount until it becomes safe and open to those who wish to ascend it.”

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    The fact is that all of East jerusalem should be made safe for Jews as well as any and every person who so desires to visit day or night. This includes The Temple Mount. Why should any art of the nation’s capital be subject to intimidation, threats of violence, fear, and actual deeds physical malice? If Israel is truly a democracy, its streets and alleyways should be–must be–open 24/7 to free passage in safety for everyone–Jew, Muslim, Christian, atheist, agnostic, secular, religious–you name it!

  • Grace

    you must remember that when israel failed to destroy all the amalekites (arabs,philistines, edomites)etc,{any tribe or peoples that were not israelites were considered amalekites, especially those that fought with israel}, Jehovah said, He will make war with them from generation to generation and that is what you see. after a while the philistines are throwing one towards southern israel, or thru the northern areas with Lebanon,or thru the Golan, etc, they keep making war with the children of God. Israel just need to know their time and keep their watch as the children of Issachar who knew their time and what Israel ought to do as we pray for the Land and the people, and particulary pray for the Prime Minister that we love so so much.