MKs prepare to ascend Temple Mount

So far, only MKs Yehuda Glick and Shulli Moalem have announced plans to ascend Temple Mount, the first visits by an MK in nearly 2 years.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Moalem-Refaeli and Glick at Temple Mount entrance
Moalem-Refaeli and Glick at Temple Mount entrance
Elirian Aharon

For the first time in nearly two years, Knesset Members will be allowed to visit the Temple Mount tomorrow (Tuesday).

The police will use the one-day visit to test whether the blanket ban on MKs visiting the holy site can be safely removed. The ban was initially planned to be lifted for a week, but the test period was shortened to one day at the demand of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Both Jewish and Arab MKs have been banned from visiting the Temple Mount since November 2015.

A few weeks ago, Jerusalem district police chief Yoram Halevy recommended that the police commissioner attempt to lift the ban ahead of the Jewish High Holidays.

Last week, MKs Yehuda Glick (Likud) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) requested to be allowed to ascend the Temple Mount, but their request was denied. Both MKs, who serve on the lobby for strengthening the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, are the only Knesset Members who informed the Knesset officer that they intend to ascend the Temple Mount tomorrow.

MK Moalem-Refaaeli said Monday: "I am personally happy about the possibility afforded me to go up to the Temple Mount. Still, it is outrageous that the ascent to the holiest place for Jews is done in such a manner, especially since the Arab leadership is responsible for incitement [to violence]. I expect the prime minister accepting the position of the security forces and to lift the restrictions and allow Knesset members to ascend the mountain as in the past."