Ben-Gvir on the Temple Mount
Ben-Gvir on the Temple Mountמינהלת הר הבית

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (Otzma Yehudit) will make his first visit to the Temple Mount since taking office, just days after he was sworn in last Thursday.

Ben-Gvir informed police last week that he is planning to ascend the Mount during his first week in office, most likely this Tuesday, coinciding with the fast day of the Tenth of Tevet, though he may delay the visit until Wednesday.

Police officials, including police chief Kobi Shabtai, are slated to meet tomorrow to work out the details of the minister’s visit to the Temple Mount.

Ben-Gvir’s most recent visit to the Temple Mount was three-and-a-half months ago, with no disturbances reported.

The police department has not registered any opposition to Ben-Gvir’s visit.

“I want to thank all of the news media outlets for their deep interest in the issue of visits to the Temple Mount. Yes, the Temple Mount is a very important issue, and as I said before, I plan to ascend the Temple Mount,” Ben-Gvir said in a statement Sunday evening.

“In terms of the timetable, I promise I will update when I make the visit. Until then, I will be happy to see news reports every evening dealing with the question of when I will visit the Temple Mount.”