Ariel Demands Arab MKs be Barred from Temple Mount

Arab MKs are the real ones inciting on the Temple Mount, not Jews, asserts Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel.

Cynthia Blank,

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel
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Denunciations of MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint List) and his tirade against Israeli police over allowing Jewish visitors to Judaism's holiest site continued in full force on Tuesday afternoon.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) blasted the phenomenon of Arab MKs inciting against Jews on the Temple Mount and called for all of them to be arrested the next time they tried to ascend to the site. 

"It is clear, time and time again, that the ones inciting and provoking on the Temple Mount are not the Jews practicing their traditional and moral Jewish right on Judaism's holiest site, but organized groups led by Arab Knesset members," Ariel charged on Facebook. 

"I demand that the Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security immediately ban Arab MKs from ascending to the Mount, along with the permanent expulsion of any activist trying to create provocations," the minister added. 

MK Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Union) also criticized Zahalka's conduct, slamming him as a "professional pyromaniac who never misses an opportunity to incite and provoke."

Earlier on Tuesday, Culture Minister Miri Regev railed against the Balad faction of the Joint List, asserting that such "provocation experts...have no place in the Israeli Knesset."

Yisrael Beytenu chairman and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, meanwhile, called on Israel to arrest Zahalka.