Tzipi Hotovely at the Temple Mount 370.
(photo credit: Ezra Gabay)
Some brides-to-be drink and party the night before their wedding, but Deputy
Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely chose a spiritual experience over a
bachelorette party, visiting the Temple Mount with her family on
In a trip guided by Nadav Shragai, a journalist and researcher of
Jerusalem, Hotovely followed the religious tradition of ascending the Temple
Mount before her wedding, which was set to take place on Monday
“Going up to the Temple Mount is important to me, as I am getting
married,” Hotovely explained. “Establishing a home and a family unit is not just
a private event, but has a public and national dimension of rebuilding from the
ruins of Jerusalem.”
In addition, Hotovely pointed out that the Temple
Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and called for every Jew to
have free access to the site.
“Limitations on public figures visiting the
Mount are not appropriate,” she added, a reference to MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud
Beytenu), who was banned from visiting the holy place.
coordinated her visit in advance with the police, explaining that it is
personal, not political.
The Likud Beytenu deputy minister will marry Or
Alon, a lawyer. Over 2,000 guests were invited, but Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu decided not to attend in order not to require all attendees to go
through security checks.