Israel Police prevents Minister Uri Ariel from visiting the Temple Mount

Minister Uri Ariel petitioned to be able to ascend the Temple Mount because the Knesset Ethics Committee is permitting MKs to visit the holy shrine. However, his request was rejected by the Jerusalem District Police Commander.
Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Shortly after Channel 2 News published that the ban on MKs traveling to the Temple Mount was lifted by the Knesset Ethics Committee, the Israel Police has made it clear that there has been no change in policy. In addition, the Jerusalem District Police Commander made it clear that Minister Uri Ariel’s request to ascend the Temple Mount was rejected.

Aside from lifting the ban, the Knesset Ethics Committee called upon MKs to listen to Israel Police instructions. MK Yehuda Glick tweeted: “At my request, the Ethics Committee convened in order to discuss the ban on MKs ascending the Temple Mount. I appeared before the committee and presented my clear position. If this is the decision, congratulations.”

Last October, the Israel Police suggested to permit renewing both Jewish and Arab MKs visits to the Temple Mount. The initiative comes a year after the visits were halted due to the fear of increasing tensions within the region.

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