The rioting by Palestinians in east Jerusalem is a response to Israeli ministers and lawmakers who made “provocative” visits to the Temple Mount, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told Channel 10 on Saturday.
Ya’alon was implicitly criticizing Likud and Bayit Yehudi MKs who entered the Temple Mount complex with police escort.
The defense minister said that while Jews in principle do have the right to make pilgrimages to the holy site, the publicized visits by politicians should be halted as a matter of pikuach nefesh (the Jewish commandment permitting acts that run counter to religious doctrine if it means saving lives).
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