Israeli police officers stand guard on the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
In an interview that he gave to Channel One’s Mabat News on Wednesday night, President Reuven Rivlin urged members of the Knesset to demonstrate responsibility and exercise restraint in matters concerning the Temple Mount.
While he believes in freedom of speech and freedom of movement, Rivlin suggested that those MKs who want to ascend the Temple Mount should first and foremost consider the needs of public safety.
What has been happening in recent weeks he said is in the nature of a religious war and it must be stopped as soon as possible.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas understands that a religious war can cause him harm, said Rivlin, adding that Palestinian incitement against Israel constitutes a religious war.
Asked about the possibility of Knessset elections, Rivlin who has frequently spoken out against such a move replied: “What will we gain from elections?”