Jews must be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Tuesday during a visit to the contested holy site.
“We must change the status quo,” she said. “The Temple Mount must go back to being a place for Jewish prayer.”
According to Hotovely, the attempt by an Arab terrorist from east Jerusalem to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick last week was meant to deter Jewish people from visiting the site.
“Our response must be to strengthen the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount,” she stated.
The Likud politician’s visit came a day after MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) went up to the site, where Muslim women surrounded her and shouted, “Allahu akbar!” and, “Get out of here!” One of the women reportedly shoved her.
Moalem-Refaeli was not hurt and filed reports to police and Knesset security.
Meanwhile, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said rioting in Arab neighborhoods had decreased Tuesday as extra units maintained a heightened presence.
“No major incidents took place today, and very few disturbances were reported, including on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Police continue to implement security measures throughout the city.”Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.