Israeli government: MKs allowed to return to visiting Temple Mount

As part of its answer to the Supreme Court, the Israeli government announced that it intends to set additional times for both right-wing and left-wing Knesset members to return to visiting the Temple Mount. Last month, a pilot program was launched in order to test the possibility of revoking the ban prohibiting Knesset members from visiting the compound.
Will MKs be allowed to return to the Temple Mount? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Israeli government presented its answer today (Tuesday) to the petition submitted to the Supreme Court by MK Yehuda Glick in order to lift the ban prohibiting entry to the Temple Mount. The Israeli State Attorney’s office revealed that there is an intent to set additional times for Knesset members to enter the holy compound.

As reported last month by JOL, MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), accompanied by police officers and security guards, ascended the Temple Mount as part of the pilot program approved by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israel Police. MK Shuli Mualem (HaBayit HaYehudi) also visited the holy site.

Knesset members have been banned from ascending the Temple Mount since November 2015, when the Israeli prime minister decided to stop the elected representatives from visiting. However, as part of the pilot program, Israeli government ministers are not allowed to visit the holy site.

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