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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein interrupted Knesset debates, his voice trembling with emotion, to tell lawmakers he received a phone call from Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick Tuesday, who was able to breathe on his own.
Nearly two weeks ago, Moataz Hijazi, a terrorist who served 10 years in prison, shot Glick outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, where Hijazi worked in the restaurant and Glick gave a speech. Police killed Hijazi the next morning in a gunfire exchange in his east Jerusalem home.
On Tuesday, Edelstein told the Knesset: “I wanted to share my joy with you first. A moment ago, I walked out to talk with Yehuda Glick, who has been breathing on his own for two hours now.
“Yehuda Glick asked to speak with me and said he wanted to call me quickly, because he said he knows I fought for the right to speak” – a possible reference to Edelstein’s staunch advocacy for the freedom of speech – “and he wanted to share with me that fought for the right to breathe, but now he is breathing on his own,” the Knesset Speaker said.
Edelstein told the MKs that he knows many of them wished for Glick’s good health from the podium, and he is sure their wishes helped, along with the efforts of the medical staff at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
“We wish that [Glick] will not only be able to breath, but to talk and walk and dance, and that he only have happiness in his family,” he stated.
Glick was the spokesman of the Immigration Absorption Ministry when Edelstein was minister in the late 1990s, and the two have been close friends since then.