Police data published Wednesday shows an estimated 10.5 million visits to the Kotel (Western Wall) in 2012. The numbers indicate a major boost in Kotel tourism compared to the year before.
The data includes regular worshipers and the many thousands who come for special prayer services on holidays as well as tourists and other visitors.
Police commanders said they will continue to make every effort to guarantee the safety of visitors to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall. They noted that police recently arrested several Arab youth suspected of attacking Jews in the area.