Moshe Feiglin Visits Temple Mount Despite PM Pressure

Feiglin visits Mount despite PM's calls to 'tone down' Temple Mount talk. Could the 'Temple Mount rights' taboo be broken?

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Tova Dvorin,

Moshe Feiglin, outside Temple Mount
Moshe Feiglin, outside Temple Mount
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Likud MK Moshe Feiglin visited the Temple Mount on Sunday, pressing for Jews to be allowed to pray there despite heightened tensions over its status - and despite a call to "tone down" rhetoric on Judaism's holiest site from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

An AFP photographer said Feiglin visited the compound in Jerusalem Sunday morning, and was met with slurs from Muslims crying "Allahu akbar" (God is greater).

Feiglin visited the Mount following the attempted murder of Temple Mount rights advocate Yehuda Glick on Wednesday.

Glick - who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount - was shot in the chest on Wednesday night outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, after the shooter pulled up in a motorcycle or scooter, confirming Glick's identity before shooting. 

He had been speaking, minutes before being shot, at an event for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount that had hosted leading religious figures and MKs. 

Following the shooting, Feiglin accused the Israeli government of providing Islamist terrorists with what they wanted in staging the assassination attempt, by closing the Temple Mount to Jews - but allegedly not to Muslims.

Outrage growing over Temple Mount discrimination

Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) on Sunday joined in calls for Israel to change the status quo by allowing Jews not only to visit the compound but also to pray there.

"Jews must be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. There is enough room for everybody," he argued.

Netanyahu, who has repeatedly said he has no intention to change the status quo, on Saturday urged MKs to act "responsibly" in the face of mounting tensions.

He recently folded to Jordanian pressure by promising to maintain the discriminatory status quo by which the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) has forbidden Jewish prayer.

Arab rioting has become a norm on the Mount, which is also the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque - and is under the jurisdiction of the Jordanian Waqf, which heavily restricts access to Jews in addition to banning all Jewish worship on the Mount. 

In the wake of Glick’s shooting, however, there have been growing calls on Netanyahu to sign regulations that would permit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.



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