Member of Knesset David Tzur (Hatnu'ah) said, Thursday evening, that if the police close the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City due to Muslim rioting, the holy site should be closed to Muslim worshipers as well as Jewish visitors. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, he also said it is in the interest of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Muslim Waqf authority over the Temple Mount to make it easier for Jews to visit. As chairman of the subcommittee for implementing government policy on the Temple Mount, Tzur said he was working to end the descration caused by Arab youth playing soccer there.
Responding to claims they have religious reasons for not recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Tzur said he did not need the confirmation of the PA or any other Muslim entity. At the same time, he said he was concerned about the PA's insistence against such recognition because it indicates that the PA leadership is not interested in reaching an end the conflict.