American Bureaucracy Delays Swearing-in of New Likud Lawmaker

Placed in slot 33 on the Likud Knesset list for the 2015 election, Yehuda Glick has to renounce his American citizenship before taking his Knesset seat.

Right wing activist Yehuda Glick ascends to the Temple Mount complex on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Arnon Segel

American red tape is delaying the swearing-in of Yehuda Glick, who is due to replace former defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon as a Knesset member from the Likud, the Arutz Sheva website reported on Tuesday.

The delay leaves the Knesset with only 119 members for the first time in its history.

Glick holds dual Israeli-American citizenship. According to Israeli law, however, he must give up his American citizenship before taking his place in the Knesset.

Glick has filled in the paperwork and paid the thousands of dollars required to revoke his citizenship. However, United States bureaucracy is reportedly holding up the completion of the process.

It is unclear whether he will be able to take the oath during Wednesday's Knesset session.

Temple Mount activist Glick, who was placed in the 33rd slot on the Likud Knesset list for the 2015 elections, narrowly escaped death at the hands of an assassin in 2014.