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Interview: Yehuda Glick More Determined Than Ever

Even bullets won't stop him: Yehuda Glick explains why he's more determined than ever to fight for Temple Mount rights.

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Yehuda Glick
Yehuda Glick
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Just a month and a half after a near-fatal assassination attempt, veteran Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick spoke to Arutz Sheva about his incredible recovery, and shared his hopes for the future of his struggle for Jewish prayer rights at Judaism's holiest site.

"I feel like a very lucky person, who received his life from the Almighty as a present," said a visibly strained, but remarkably defiant Glick. "A person who by all rational explanations and expectations was already on the other side of this world - and here I am, back standing on both my feet thanks to the prayers from all over the world, and thanks to miracles of God."

He expressed his gratitude to Jews and Christians worldwide who prayed for his health; "not a single one of those prayers was in vain." Indeed, his rapid recovery has been described as nothing short of "miraculous" by doctors.

Recalling the moment he was shot four times by an Islamist terrorist in Jerusalem, he said it all happened so fast that "there was not even a moment" to register what was happening.

However, he added, "I heard clearly that he said: 'I am shooting you because you are an enemy of Al Aqsa,' and I understood directly that it was because of my activity on the Temple Mount - but I didn't have enough time to give too much thought to that."

Despite everything he has been through, Glick says he is now more determined than ever to fight for the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount - where they are currently banned from worshipping due to Muslim pressure and threats of violence.

"After I woke up and I read the headlines in the press from the days it happened using the word 'assassination', I realized that this is... not just a plain terror act - but this was an attempt to assassinate me just because of my legal, legitimate activity for human rights, and my legal, legitimate activity for freedom to pray at the place that is the holiest place in the world."

The attack and the incitement which led up to it "came from a side that doesn't understand what tolerance is, that doesn't understand what respect to others is."

"God gave me my life back as a present. I don't know why... but I know that if He left me in this world He wants me to continue with my mission... to do what I've been doing until now - calling on all of those who are faithful in the Bible: come to the Temple Mount!" 

"The Temple Mount must be as (in) the words of (the prophet) Isaiah, 'a house of prayer for all nations'.

"It mustn't be in the hands of violent people. It must not be left to one religion who are led by a fundamentalist, violent leadership. It must be a sensitive place - it must be a place that respects all of those who are calling in the name of the One and only God."

See the video above for the full interview.