Erdan: Riots Won't Stop Jews Visiting Temple Mount

Internal Security Minister vows to change status quo after Muslim mob hurls firebombs at police officers.

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Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, about to ascend Temple Mount
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, about to ascend Temple Mount
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Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan vowed to stop Arab rioting on the Temple Mount Sunday, after a Muslim mob attacked Israel Police forces at Judaism's holiest site on Sunday morning. 

"The serious events that developed this morning at the Temple Mount demand that we think seriously about the current arrangement at the Mount," he fired. 

"It cannot be that Muslim rioters who have camped overnight on the Mount, turn this holy place into a vehicle for a battle which includes rock-throwing, shooting firecrackers at security forces and even bringing explosives on the Mount." 

"These are most serious actions which flagrantly violate the status quo, and we will not overlook them in silence," Erdan continued.

"As Minister of Public Security, I will continue to act to regulate in any way the issue of visits to the Temple Mount - and no riot, no matter how severe, will prevent anyone who wants to ascend the Temple Mount from doing so." 

Masked rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police at the site earlier Sunday, as well as firebombs near two entrances to the site. Jerusalem District Police and Border Police responded with riot dispersal measures. 

No injuries were reported during the clashes.