Israeli Lawmakers Visit Temple Mount for First Time Since 2015
JNS.org – Two members of Israel’s Knesset legislature ascended Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Tuesday, in the first such visit to the holy site by Israeli politicians since a ban on the practice was imposed in October 2015 by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The visits by Knesset members Yehuda Glick (Likud) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (HaBayit HaYehudi) were part of a one-day “trial” enacted in light of an improved security situation at the Temple Mount since the July 14 terror attack in which three Arab terrorists killed two Israeli policemen near the holy site.
The one-day trial was approved to assess how the lawmakers’ visit to the Temple Mount would affect the security situation in Israel.
“The Temple Mount is my source of life,” said Glick, who walked barefoot in the compound due to the sanctity of the site. The Likud lawmaker said he prayed for his family, the prime minister and “peace in the world.”
Glick, a promoter of Jewish access to the Temple Mount, was shot and seriously wounded by a Palestinian terrorist in October 2014 as a result of his activism.
Jewish prayer is banned and Jewish visitation is limited at the Temple Mount, in accordance with the Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian status quo agreement which was reached after the 1967 Six-Day War.