Newly installed MK vows to end Temple Mount prayer ban for Jews

A man with a bow sits upon a white horse. Their depiction is one of false religions.

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Times of Israel staff – May 25, 2016

The Knesset gained two new lawmakers on Wednesday, including the controversial Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick, who called for an end to a ban on Jewish prayer at the holy site.

Glick, 50, has long campaigned for allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, a move that would overturn a five-decade-old status quo between Israel and the Muslim Waqf, and could inflame tensions and lead to fresh violence.

“As long as I’m here,” he said in his swearing-in speech in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday as he took former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon spot on the Likud list, “I will do all that is in my power to end the injustice that takes place every day at the holiest place in the world, where police officers are under orders to check whether a 90-year-old Jew is, God forbid, moving his lips or not.”