There were sharp verbal clashes, Monday afternoon, when the Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee met to hear a presentation of regulations by the Minister for Religious Services on the topic of Jewish pilgrimage to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City in the wake of recently-imposed restrictions on Jewish access to the holy site.
Referring to past violent Arab uprisings, Member of Knesset Jamal Zahalka (Bil'ad-National Democratic Assembly) said, "What's this Temple Mount? There's no such thing. There's only the Al-Aqsa mosque. You want a third intifada!" Responding to a reminder from Knesset member Orit Struk (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) that he was once advisor to Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, Member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al-Mada-United Arab List) said, "Ten of you are not worth his shoe."