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Netanyahu To Temporarily Lift Ban on Lawmakers Visiting Temple Mount

TEL AVIV - An Israeli court on Monday ruled that Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound may chant "Am Yisrael Chai" ("The people of Israel live"), since it constitutes a patriotic exclamation rather than a religious prayer and is therefore not in violation of the ban on uttering Jewish prayers …
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The Times of Israel reports: A ban on Israeli lawmakers visiting the flashpoint Temple Mount in Jerusalem will be lifted for a trial period later this month, the government said Sunday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Jewish and Muslim lawmakers off the site a year and half ago, after the outbreak in October 2015 of a wave of Palestinian violence and terror attacks centered around claims that Israel was attempting to take control of the Temple Mount compound.

Following discussions with Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, the prime minister decided that in three weeks the ban on MKs going to Temple Mount will be lifted for a period of seven days to assess the fallout from the move. The development came after MK Yehudah Glick, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s Likud party and activist for the right to Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, filed a High Court of Justice court petition against the ban.

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