Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein distributed to Knesset members new instructions on Thursday for going up on the . Edelstein’s instructions followed a decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to let MKs visit the controversial holy site once every three months after not permitting them to go there for the past two years.
“I am a big supporter of allowing visits to the Temple Mount, and I think MKs have a right to visit holy sites, just like other citizens,” he said.
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Edelstein urged all the MKs from all factions to show respect for the site and to the Knesset and “avoid unnecessary provocations.”
Likud MK Yehuda Glick requested to enter the holy site in a letter he wrote to Netanyahu. Glick wrote that the National Security Council had recommended that no MKs go up to the Temple Mount until after Ramadan, but that Arab MKs had entered the site during the Muslim holy month that ended three weeks ago.
Glick said he wanted to go up to the Mount during the three weeks of mourning on the Jewish calendar ahead of the observance of Tisha Be’av, the date on which the two Jewish holy temples built there were destroyed.