MK Fumes at Policy 'Supporting Terror' in J'lem

Ayelet Shaked fires at Israel police for 'giving terrorists a boost' by closing Temple Mount to Jews.

Tova Dvorin ,

Arab rioters in Jerusalem
Arab rioters in Jerusalem
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Jewish Home faction chairman Ayelet Shaked blasted the decision to close the Temple Mount to Jews on Sunday, during the Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) holiday. 

"The Israeli police's conduct is giving terrorists a boost," Shaked fired. "The conclusion drawn by closing the Temple Mount following Muslim rioting is that the State supports terror and that it would be wrong not to do so."

"I call on Interior Security Minister (Yitzhak Aharonovich) to take care of this oversight and make decisions," she added. 

Shaked's statement is the latest of outcries against what many MKs are calling a systemic neglect of an escalation in terror. 

Unrest on the Mount has increased  dramatically in the past several months, as part of a cycle of chaos and violence in Jerusalem known as the "silent intifada" which has seen terrorism in and around Jerusalem rise by a staggering 509%

In the most recent set of clashes, a coordinated uprising just before the holiday began on Wednesday resulted in the injuries of four police officers and five arrests. 

Despite the fact that Arabs - not Jews - rioted on the Mount, the Mount was still closed to Jews following the onslaught, sparking outrage. 

"Hamas and ISIS have taken control of the Temple Mount for the fourth day [of Sukkot]," MK Moshe Feiglin fired earlier Sunday. "The Prime Minister's words claiming victory over Hamas and sending a message of deterrence to Hezbollah are crashing into a rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem." 

"Hamas representatives and ISIS members have been able to barricade themselves at the mount," he added. "Meanwhile, (Yitzhak) Aharonovich (Minister of Internal Security - ed.) prevents police from arresting terrorists in the heart of the capital, which would free the mount from their hands and allow Jews to ascend to the Temple during Sukkot."

Aharonovich has faced immense criticism for Jerusalem's "silent intifada," and has been the primary target for criticism over the seeping unrest in the capital, along with Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino. 

Unrest has grown so much that Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat was forced to write to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the issue.

In response to the charges, Aharonovich's office was in denial, saying "the minister's zero tolerance policy is clear to forces on the ground, and for evidence hundreds of arrests have been conducted in recent weeks, and there has been a dramatic drop in cases of rioting."