Yehuda Glick, who was seriously injured when an Islamic Jihad member tried to assassinate him in Jerusalem two-and-a-half weeks ago, had recovered enough on Monday to describe what happened during the attack.
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“He approached me and stood opposite me,” Glick recounted. “He aimed his pistol at me and said, ‘I’m very sorry, but you’re an enemy of Al-Aqsa, I have to.’ Boom boom.”
Glick is a well-known advocate for Jews to be allowed to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located.
Glick’s account of what happened was relayed by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, who visited him in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Monday.
Lau’s Sephardi counterpart, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, recently lashed out at Jews who visit the Temple Mount, charging that they violate Jewish law and undermine the security situation. But Lau not only visited the Glick, he voiced his hope “to merit the realization of our dream” of praying together someday in a rebuilt Temple.
Lau didn’t deviate from the Chief Rabbinate’s traditional policy that Jews are currently forbidden to ascend the Mount due to the sanctity of the site. Nevertheless, he said, “I pray, together with you, that with God’s help, both of us will stand there [in the rebuilt Temple] to give thanks.”
He added that the Chief Rabbinate Council had prayed for Glick’s recovery.
The warmth Lau displayed during his visit to Glick was noteworthy when contrasted with Yosef’s verbal assault on both Temple Mount activists and the rabbis who permit visiting the mount, whom he termed “fourth-rate rabbis.” About 10 days ago, at the funeral of Shalom Badani, who was killed in another terror attack in Jerusalem, Yosef accused these activists and rabbis of “inflaming the Arabs, who hate us, and pouring fuel on the fire,” adding that visits to the Mount must be stopped “so that the blood of the People of Israel may stop being spilled.”
A few days later, his brother, Rabbi David Yosef, who is a member of Shas’ Council of Torah sages, wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge him to close the Mount to Jews.