Will Yehuda Glick become Likud's next MK?

With Silvan Shalom's resignation, iconic Temple Mount activist is next on the Likud list - and he tells Arutz Sheva he has mixed feelings.

Ari Soffer ,

Yehuda Glick
Yehuda Glick
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When Yehuda Glick chose to run as number 33 on the Likud party's Knesset slate during last March's elections, he never imagined the position would be anything other than symbolic.

In fact, the veteran Temple Mount activist - who heads the LIBA organization promoting Jewish rights on the Mount - said as much himself during the Likud party primaries the previous December.

"I am running precisely because it is not a realistic position," he said of his bid, which he embarked upon just a few months after being shot and seriously wounded by an Islamic Jihad assassin. He added that he was only taking up the spot "to maintain my place in Likud and remain on the inside."

Yet now, the iconic, ginger-bearded activist is just one step away from becoming an MK, following Likud's surprisingly strong performance in March (gaining 30 seats), and after the controversy-battered Silvan Shalom stepped down amid growing allegations of sexual misconduct.

Shalom's resignation makes way for Attorney Amir Ohana, who heads Likud's LGBT Caucus, and who at number 32 could never seriously have believed he'd make it into the Knesset during the current term either. Ohana himself became next in line for a Knesset seat after the party's #31, Sharon Haskel, replaced Netanyahu's arch-rival Danny Danon, when he resigned to become Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations.

That means that one more external appointment, resignation or gaff too many (Oren Hazan, here's looking at you) would catapult Glick into the Israeli legislature.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Glick described his mixed feelings about the prospect.

On the one hand, he says he's genuinely surprised and somewhat wary to find himself in this situation.

"I personally didn't dream at any point that it would be a realistic slot," he emphasized. "I sincerely didn't believe it would happen."

"I don't find myself waiting eagerly for it to happen," he added. "I have plenty to do already as a social activist."

"Nothing's changed in my schedule today."

"But if God decides He wants to give me the mission of being a representative of the people of Israel in the Knesset I will do my best to live up to that."

During last year's Likud primaries, Glick had indicated that his wife's opposition was a key factor in his not running for a realistic spot. "She rules the house," he quipped at the time.

But while "she's still not happy" about the idea, "lately she's learned to accept it might happen."

And Glick stressed that if he did make it into the Knesset, he would strive to be "an example to people," in stark contrast to the pall of controversies, corruption scandals and misdemeanors cast over the institution by some other politicians.

"I'm sure there will be people already digging to find things about me to use against me," he stated wryly, noting the many foes he's earned as a result of his dogged activism. "But if I do become a Member of Knesset, I will focus on sanctifying the name of God.

"I just pray I can live up to that."