MKs denied entry to Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av

MKs requesting to enter Temple Mount premises were rejected today, the commemoration of the Temple's destruction.

Yedidya ben Or ,

MK Yehuda Glick at the entrance of the Temple Mount
MK Yehuda Glick at the entrance of the Temple Mount
Credit: Tehilla and Rivka Arbiv, 'Yera'eh' Group

Knesset members that had requested to enter the Temple Mount premises today on Tisha B'Av, which mourns the destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples, were denied, in the wake of Prime Minister Netanyahu's policy of forbidding Knesset members from entering the Temple Mount.

Apparently, in spite of reports that the Mount would be open to Knesset members around the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan, the political echelon decided to maintain the restriction as it stands.

As a result, MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), who arrived at the gates of the Temple Mount this morning, was denied access, and said the traditional lamentations of Tisha B'Av near the Temple Mount entrance.

Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel's (Jewish Home) request to enter the Temple Mount was likewise answered in the negative, as was his request to consider the matter a second time.

Ariel's office replied as a result, "There's nothing more natural than going to the Temple on Tisha B'Av[...] The time has come to stop the national subservience on the Temple Mount and to raise our heads, both in times of celebration and times of destruction."

After violent riots by Muslims on the Temple Mount this morning, police closed the Mount to Jewish visitors altogether.