Netanyahu will reconsider lifting Temple Mount ban on MKs after Ramadan

First report: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided that he will reconsider lifting the ban prohibiting MKs from ascending the Temple Mount in June. This decision came after Netanyahu met with security and defense officials who warned him against lifting the ban ahead of Passover, Israeli Independence Day, Jerusalem Day and Ramadan.
The Temple Mount Photo Credit: Muammar Awad/Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided today (Monday) that he will examine the possibility of allowing ministers and MKs to visit the Temple Mount again in June. His final decision will only be made after considering the security situation after the Nissan holidays and Ramadan are over in three months.

At his Jerusalem office today, Netanyahu met with defense and security officials including Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman and Jerusalem District Police chief Yoram Ha-Levy. The officials cautioned Netanyahu against lifting the ban ahead of the holidays.

During the discussion, it was stated that there has been a 40% increase of Jewish visitors at the site. After long and hard consideration, Netanyahu decided that the MKs will not be allowed to visit the site before Passover, Israeli Independence Day and Jerusalem Day. However, just a few days after Jerusalem Day, Ramadan begins, which will last until June.

At the end of Ramadan, Netanyahu plans to reconsider lifting the ban for a trial period during which the restrictions will be gradually reduced.

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