Israel to temporarily renew allowing Knesset members to visit the Temple Mount

Almost 18 months after Knesset Member Yehuda Glick petitioned the Israeli government to revoke the ban on Knesset member visits to the Temple Mount, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today (Sunday) that visitation rights will be renewed in three weeks for a week-long pilot.
MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) at the Temple Mount (Archives) Photo Credit: Arnon Segel/Channel 2 News

During discussions on Sunday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, it was decided that starting in three weeks, Knesset members will be allowed to return to the Temple Mount.  A year and a half after a petition was submitted by MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), the ban on MK visits will be removed for a week-long pilot.

In March, it was first reported that Netanyahu decided to examine the possible renewal of Temple Mount visits by Knesset members and ministers. At the time, however, it was emphasized that the decision would be made while considering the security situation and only after the spring holidays and Ramadan.

Despite the ban on Knesset members from going up to the Temple Mount, there were some who chose to ignore such orders. Security forces arrested MK Masud Ganaim after he entered the Temple Mount plaza during the month of Ramadan. Security stationed at the Temple Mount identified the MK, instructed him to leave and even accompanied him out, at which time he was filmed leaving.



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