Bennett's associates said the same decision has been made every year, including repeatedly by Netanyahu when he was prime minister.
Religious Zionist Party MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir accused Bennett of surrendering to terror. Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana defended Bennett's decision.
"Ben-Gvir and Smotrich, why are you blabbering to no end," Kahana wrote, "You have a golden opportunity to declare that when you are back in the coalition, the Temple Mount will be open to Jews all the time, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day."
Kahana said that if they were unwilling to make such a commitment, they should remain silent and let the prime minister handle the situation responsibly.
Smotrich posted an old tweet of Yamina minister Ayelet Shaked backing keeping the Temple Mount open to Jews.
"There were days when Shaked understood well that surrendering to terror on the Temple Mount is dangerous and encourages more terror," Smotrich wrote. "The decision accepts the Arab lie that Jews are to blame for the current escalation."
Ben-Gvir wrote that preventing the prayer of Jews on the Mount was a victory for Hamas, terror and the rioters.
היו ימים ששקד הבינה מצויין שכניעה לטרור בהר הבית מסוכנת ומעודדת טרור.על רקע אלימות הערבים וההסתה השקרית של הירדנים והטורקים, ההחלטה של בנט ושקד לסגור את הר הבית ליהודים עד סיום הרמאדן היא איוולת ביטחונית ומדינית המהווה הודאה למעשה בשקר הערבי כאילו היהודים אשמים בהסלמה הנוכחית.> pic.twitter.com/PfDTVFd6cz— בצלאל סמוטריץ' (@bezalelsm) April 19, 2022
"This delusional decision will cost lives," Ben-Gvir wrote. "Surrendering to our enemies will only enhance terror."
Responding to Kahana's call to make a commitment, Ben-Gvir said Bennett should first keep his own promises that he made on live TV before the election.
Likud MK Galit Distal Atbaryan tweeted to Kahana that he had no supporters in the public and there his statements were shameful.