Yehuda Glick
Yehuda GlickYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

With Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's (Likud) dramatic resignation on Friday, Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick is set to become the newest MK.

Glick, a resident of Otniel in Judea, is number 33 on the Likud Knesset list, a spot that will now enable him to launch his political career.

"I pray to God that He give me good counsel and accompany me as an emissary for the nation of Israel, to sanctify the name of Heaven and to increase peace and light in the world and work to unify the nation of Israel," Glick told Arutz Sheva in response to the news.

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.

In an indication of the positions Glick is likely to press in the Knesset, back in January he called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to take a stronger stand against Arab terrorism after a woman was murdered at her doorstep in his town of Otniel.

"Stop simply putting out fires, stop simply trying to play defense. Stand up with pride in the face of this wave of terrorism that is washing across the entire country from Ra’anana to the Har Hevron region," urged Glick.

He called on Netanyahu to "expand towns in Judea and Samaria, he should build and expand roads. He should in no way apologize for our continued existence here in the land of Israel."

"He is our Prime Minister, and this is what is expected of him and the Defense Minister as well. To fight without reservation or agreements with terrorists. He needs to establish Israeli rule over Judea and Samaria, to build and at the same time to strengthen the non-extremist authorities that exist in the Arab world."

However, the activist angered many nationalists in March when he - like the outgoing Ya'alon - rushed to condemn IDF soldier Elor Azariya for shooting a wounded terrorist in Hevron, even before an investigation of the incident.

Azariya argues he shot over concerns the terrorist was moving to detonate a bomb belt, and it has been confirmed that fears of a bomb belt had not been ruled out. Nevertheless, Glick accused the soldier of "disgraceful" conduct based on footage filmed by an Arab activist of the radical leftist B'Tselem organization, and termed his supporters "disgusting."