Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick to Replace Ya'alon as Knesset Member

Glick is a prominent proponent of the right of Jews to visit the Temple Mount. He survived an assassination attempt in October 2014.

Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick.
Emil Salman

American-born Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick will replace Moshe Ya'alon in the Knesset, following the latter's resignation on Friday.

Glick, who survived an assassination attempt in October 2014, is the next in line on the Likud's list of Knesset candidates to replace a sitting Knesset member .

"I pray to God that He give me good counsel and accompany me as an emissary for the nation of Israel, to sanctify the name of Heaven and to increase peace and light in the world and work to unify the nation of Israel," Glick told the Arutz Sheva website on Friday.

Yehuda Glick, 50, came to prominence in October 2014, when he was shot four times at point-blank range outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

According to eyewitness testimony, Glick was loading equipment into the back of his car after speaking at a conference when a man on a motorcycle approached him, asked him if he was Yehuda Glick and then shot him in the chest.

Glick later said that that the gunman had apologized before firing at him, saying: "I'm very sorry, but you're an enemy of Al-Aqsa. I have to."

The alleged assailant, Mutaz Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, was traced by the Israeli security services to the mixed Arab-Jewish neighborhood of Abu Tor and killed in a gunfight.

Glick survived the shooting, though he was severely injured, and left hospital in late November 2014.

Glick, who lives in the settlement of Otniel, is the leader of HaLiba, a coalition of groups dedicated to “reaching complete and comprehensive freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount,” and chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation.

He was previously executive director of The Temple Institute, which promotes the construction of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount.

After recovering from his injuries, Glick was charged with assaulting a Palestinian woman on the Temple Mount and barred from entering the sanctuary. He was acquitted of the charge in February and the following week paid his first visit to the mount in 18 months.

"Thank God, when I was laying unconscious a day after the attack, my wife said that we would return to the Temple Mount and that's what we're doing today," Glick told Haaretz at the time.

"As soon as we entered, someone from the Waqf recognized me and reported it in his walkie-talkie but it was early and there weren't many people. Some gathered around us, but the police protected us and the visit passed peacefully."

Glick stressed that his visit to the Temple Mount was symbolic and said he would continue fighting to allow for all Jews to enter the holy site.

"I'm not the story here," said Glick. "The story is all the people of Israel. We will continue to call on and support Jews coming to the Temple Mount so that they will become part of the natural view on the Temple Mount."

Glick was born to the United States to American parents who immigrated to Israel when he was a baby. Prior to entering the Knesset, he will have to renounce his American citizenship.