Hotovely: Security on Temple Mount meant to save lives

Deputy Foreign Minister tells BBC: The Palestinians created the problem on the Temple Mount and are now lying about it.

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Tzipi Hotovely
Tzipi Hotovely
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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) on Tuesday related to the controversy surrounding the placement of the magnetometers on the Temple Mount, after the Cabinet decided they would be removed.

Speaking on the BBC, Hotovely explained that Israel had to put security measures on the Temple Mount because of the recent terrorist attack in which two Druze police officers were murdered.

“We're speaking about a horrific terror attack on the holiest place in this region, and you expect us to do nothing?...We're saying something very simple: We would like to save people's lives. The ability of Muslims, Jews and tourists who come from all over the world to this holy place is dependent on the security that Israel is supplying,” she stressed.

The Temple Mount “is part of our capital city, and we must do everything to ensure that no tourist, Muslim or Jew who goes up to the Temple Mount is endangered,” said Hotovely, who noted that the issue of security on the Temple Mount is not a political issue, despite attempts by some to turn it into one.

The interviewer pressed Hotovely on the issue, noting that the Palestinian Authority and Jordan are demanding that Israel remove all the security measures from the compound.

“This is ridiculous,” she replied. “The Palestinians are creating this problem by committing terror attacks in this holy place, and then they want us to do nothing. That's impossible. Every democratic regime today knows that when you fight terrorists, you need to do everything to ensure security.”

“[The Palestinians] are lying. They are lying about the reality, and they're lying about the fact that they created the problem that now causes Israel to put security measures on the Temple Mount,” she added.