Hundreds gathered on Saturday night at Jerusalem's Safra Square by the Municipality building to pray for the recovery of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was shot four times last Wednesday in the capital city by an Islamic Jihad terrorist.
Doctors at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem where Glick is undergoing intensive treatment said on Saturday night that his status continues to improve, although he remains in critical condition.
"Dad, we are waiting for you next to the hospital room, they tell us that you are in a stable condition but you haven't come out of danger yet. They tell us that you are getting better but the condition is still bad," said Yehuda's young son Shahar Glick at the prayer rally.
"Father in Heaven," said Shahar addressing G-d in a moving prayer, "we are here below praying to you, we know that you see and know all and can have him heal. But more than everything, only you know the answer to the question - what (recovery) can be expected from him in this critical condition?"
Glick has already had two surgeries, in which parts of his lungs and intestine were removed; he is to undergo a third surgery on Tuesday.
Dr. Ofer Merin, deputy director of Shaare Tzedek Hospital, said last Friday "as times passes the danger decreases, he has great luck. The four bullets that punctured his body passed right by critical points, there was a hit on the lungs, a hit next to the spinal column, but damage was not inflicted on the spine. He apparently will be able to return to an almost fully normal lifestyle, but we aren't trying to jump to conclusions now."
"Status quo" is "incitement"
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), who was at the event last Wednesday in which Glick was shot and was an witness to the attack, also spoke at the prayer rally. He criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for calling on MKs to "calm the tensions" around the Temple Mount, after Feiglin said he would visit the site on Sunday.
"Nothing incites the reality in Jerusalem more than the statement that we must stop going up to the Temple Mount," said Feiglin. Netanyahu recently folded to Jordanian pressure by promising to maintain the discriminatory status quo by which the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) has forbidden Jewish prayer.
"In the past prayer at the Kotel (Western Wall) was 'incitement,' the Arab demand was not to pray at the Kotel and after prayer at the Kotel riots started around the country," recalled Feiglin. "Several years before that in Europe to be a Jew was 'incitement' and the fact that you were a Jew 'provoked.' Apparently it still provokes."
The MK continued "whoever thinks that a quiet ascent and prayer by a Jew at the holiest place to the people of Israel is incitement, he is the one who invites violence. This call is unprecedented for pouring fuel on the fire in Jerusalem and lighting a large bonfire."
Dr. Ronen Shoval, founder of the Zionist movement Im Tirtzu, also was present at the prayer rally, in which he called "to fulfill the Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount and to allow the prayer of Jews on the Mount. As a symbol of the implementation of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount the Israeli flag should be flown at the compound."
The recent assassination attempt on Glick was carried out by Mu'taz Hijazi, a terrorist employed at a restaurant in the Begin Heritage Center where the attack occurred after Glick spoke about the discrimination against Jews at the Temple Mount.
Despite being arrested in the Second Intifada and serving 11 years in jail, Hijazi was employed at the Center's restaurant; a co-worker at the restaurant was arrested Saturday over suspicions of having aided Hijazi in planning the shooting.