Edelstein Slams Arab MKs: Go Elsewhere to Incite

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein speaks to Arutz Sheva about ongoing Arab violence in Jerusalem over Temple Mount.

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Yuli Edelstein
Yuli Edelstein
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אדלשטיין נגד זחאלקה: שיחפש מקומות אחרים

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein was on Tuesday night a guest, along with thousands of Likud activists, at the sukkah of Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz in Kfar Ahim.

In a conversation outside the sukkah with Arutz Sheva, Edelstein addressed Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka's earlier provocations on the Temple Mount.

Zahalka, in video footage sent to Arutz Sheva, can be seen personally harassing Israeli police over allowing Jewish visitors to visit Judaism's holiest site, calling them "criminals" and "lunatics."

"I call on everyone to be extremely careful on the subject of the Temple Mount," Edelstein responded. "As someone who fought more than once for the right, even the privilege, for MKs to ascend there, both Jews and Arabs, the last thing I expect from Knesset members is to inflame the situation by screaming and attacking police."

"I repeat: if MKs want to ascend to the Temple Mount because it is a holy place - for Jews, Muslims and Christians - there is no problem with this," Edelstein continued. "But someone who comes to incite should look for another place, it's too volatile there."

The Knesset Speaker also discussed the security situation in Jerusalem as a whole and expressed support for the government's policy.

"It's obvious various terror organizations are behind this incitement," Edelstein asserted. "Even the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah finds it convenient to fan certain flames, not too high, in order to tell the world how pitiful they are and how cruel Israelis are, rather than engage in negotiations."

"Therefore, I think the government in this case is taking the right steps," he added. "We must have zero tolerance for rock-throwers and attackers of all kinds as well as various agitators."

"We must show that we are in Jerusalem, the sovereign capital of the State of Israel, the owners."