Netanyahu, Public Security Minister Indefinitely Ban All Israeli Lawmakers From Visiting Temple Mount

Move follows recent spate of violence at Jerusalem flashpoint holy site.

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Masked Palestinians at the Temple Mount, June 28, 2016.
Masked Palestinians at the Temple Mount, June 28, 2016.Credit: Reuters / Ammar Awad
Barak Ravid
Jonathan Lis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday banned all Israeli lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount until further notice.

The move follows meetings between Erdan and Netanyahu regarding the violence that erupted at the Temple Mount in recent days after months of calm. Erdan's office said following the consultation and with Israel Police's recommendation, the two decided to indefinitely prevent Knesset members from visiting.

"The issue will be discussed next week, depending on the situation and subject to developments at the Temple Mount," Erdan's office said, adding that Erdan updated Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein on his decision.

Palestinians threw rocks at Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall on Tuesday, striking a woman of 73 in the head, on a third day of confrontations involving the adjacent Temple Mount.

Paramedics said they treated the woman at the scene for a light head injury.

It was the first case in several years of Palestinians throwing rocks from the Temple Mount at worshipers at the Western Wall, an incident which police see as a worrisome development.

Police arrested 11 masked protesters they said were involved in the clashes, including the hurling of stones at the Western Wall.