Amid a tense security situation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered to restrict visits of Israeli lawmakers to Temple Mount for a period of three months.







Muslim worshipers near Temple Mount

Muslim worshipers near Temple Mount Photo credit: Muammar Awad, Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that visits to Temple Mount by Israeli MKs be significantly restricted for the next three months.

The decision was made at the end of an assessment meeting with senior security officials held on Sunday, during which Netanyahu was convinced that the current security situation is too volatile to allow lawmakers to visit the site.

Meir Ben-Shabbat, the head of the National Security Council, said the restriction will last until the end of Ramadan on June 15 and will then be reevaluated.

Likud MK Yehuda Glick, an outspoken campaigner for Jewish access to the Temple Mount, sharply denounced Netanyahu’s decision, calling it “an illegal political announcement posing as a security-related one.”