The Temple Mount will remain closed to Jewish visitors for the next three days.
This decision was taken by the Israeli authorities following the excessive violence that took place yesterday on the Temple Mount during Tisha B’av. Tisha B’av is the most solemn day of the year for Jews, as it commemorates the destruction of the Jewish Temple that once stood on the Temple Mount. This year Tisha B’av coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Yesterday, PM Benjamin Netanyahu placed a ban on Jewish visitors to enter the Temple Mount complex. However, after mounting pressure from the Israeli right-wing politicians, the ban was lifted. According to the Israeli police, four officers were injured while Arab rioters threw stones, chairs, and various other items at them.
While Benyamin Netanyahu announced that he supported this three-day closure, his decision was strongly criticized again by Israeli right-wing politicians
Transport Minister Betzalel Smotrich, accused the prime minister of denying “Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount”, and said that Benjamin Netanyahu has “no sense of leadership”. PM Ayelet Shaked said that Israel should not “give in to terrorism” and “allow Jews to access the Temple Mount no matter what”.
Netanyahu responded to these criticisms by saying, ”I am not impressed by all the recommendations of the Twitter cabinet. Leadership is responsibility and determination. That is how we have acted, and that is how we will continue to act.”