Glick ascends Temple Mount before swearing-in

Glick notes he does not intend to violate directive banning MKs from visiting Judaism's holiest site.

Hezki Baruch ,

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Temple Mount prayer rights activist Yehuda Glick visited the Temple Mount Monday, in what may be his last visit to Judaism's holiest site until the end of his term in Knesset. 

MKs have been banned from ascending the Mount since last year, out of both security concerns which arose in the wake of the latest terror war and an agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah II. 

"I have no intention to violate the orders," Glick said, expressing his understanding of the decision. "The Prime Minister decided on this out of necessity, after the place became the center of incitement from MKs on the Joint List."

"I hope I will be a loyal servant and do good for Israel," he added. "I have many interests that I want to work toward - but of course if I forget you Jerusalem, I forget my right hand, and what has driven me forward until now will continue to drive me." 

Glick has long fought for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, where the Jordanian Waqf has been left with de facto control and bans Jewish prayer in a violation of Israel's laws guaranteeing freedom of religion.

His activism led him to be the target of an assassination attempt by an Islamic Jihad terrorist in October 2014, which he miraculously survived after being shot four times at point blank range.

Despite this, Glick reiterated Sunday that he believes in full religious freedom on the Mount - including to Muslims.