Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick to Seek Place on Likud List

However Glick, who was seriously wounded in an attempted assassination in October, does not expect a realistic slot that would see him elected to the Knesset.

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Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick leaving a Jerusalem hospital nearly a month after an assassination attempt, November 24, 2014.Credit: Emil Salman

Yehuda Glick, who was seriously wounded in an attempted assassination two months ago, announced on Sunday that he would be running for a place on the Likud Knesset list for the upcoming elections.

However, Glick, a prominent activist for Jewish prayers rights on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, does not expect to make it to the Knesset. He is competing for place 33 on the list, which is reserved for a candidate from the West Bank.

The Likud seat count in the elections is not expected to rise much above 24.

Glick, who was in place 56 in the previous elections, said that he was running to "preserve my spot in the Likud and maintain my presence in the party."

American-born Glick is chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and former head of The Temple Institute, which supports the building of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount. He lives in the West Bank settlement of Otniel.

Glick was shot and seriously wounded in late October after giving a speech in Jerusalem. His suspected assailant, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, was shot and killed by police who arrived to arrest him.

Glick is currently on bail and prohibited from visiting the Temple Mount following an altercation with a Muslim woman guard in August, during which the woman's arm was broken.