Jewish Home MK to try to ascend Temple Mount

MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli to join bereaved families on visit to Temple Mount on Sunday.

Hezki Baruch,

Shuli Mualem-Refaeli
Shuli Mualem-Refaeli
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In honor of Memorial Day and Independence Day, which will take place this week, bereaved families have announced their intention to ascend the Temple Mount on Sunday.

MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli (Jewish Home), who is a member of a bereaved family having lost her husband Moshe in the helicopter disaster in 1997, will attempt to join those families and even approached Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the weekend.

Last month, Netanyahu forbade all MKs from ascending the Temple Mount until at least through June 15, which will mark the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan. The ban on MKs ascending the Temple Mount will be reexamined near the end of that period.

"I respect the decision to limit the ascension of Knesset members to the Temple Mount. At the same time, I am asking that the matter be reconsidered and that I be allowed to ascend with them one time to strengthen and express my solidarity with the bereaved families, of which I am a part,” Mualem-Refaeli wrote Netanyahu.

“I point out that last summer I ascended the Temple Mount with MK Yehuda Glick as part of a pilot that allowed MKs to ascend. Our stay in the area went by quietly, with no disturbances or protests from the Arabs, and afterwards there were no exceptional incidents in response to our ascension to the Temple Mount,” she added.