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Demonstrator holds ISIS flag on the ancient plaza of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City. (Archive 2014)

Israel Police closed the Temple Mount to Jews on Sunday, which falls on Chol Hamoed, a period which lasts through Tuesday night.

Knesset member Ayelet Shaked, chairperson of the Jewish Home faction, blasted the decision.

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Chol Hamoed is a prime time when Jewish tourists traditionally visit the site due to the intermediate days of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles.)

“The conduct of Israeli police is giving terrorists a boost,” Shaked charged. “The conclusion drawn by closing the Temple Mount following Muslim rioting is that the State supports terror and that it would be wrong not to do so.

“I call on the public security minister [Yitzchak Aharonovich] to address this oversight and make some decisions,” she said.

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin accused Aharonovich of allowing Hamas and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group to take over the site after a coordinated riot left four police officers injured, the site open to Arabs and still closed to Jews.

“Hamas and ISIS have taken control of the Temple Mount for the fourth day,” Feiglin said on Sunday, according to Arutz Sheva.

“The prime minister’s words claiming victory over Hamas and sending a message of deterrence to Hezbollah are crashing into a rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

“Hamas representatives and ISIS members have been able to barricade themselves at the Mount,” he said. “Meanwhile, Aharonovich prevents police from arresting terrorists in the heart of the capital, which would free the Mount from their hands and allow Jews to ascend to the Temple during Sukkot.”

The public security minister’s office has said in response that “hundreds of arrests have been conducted in recent weeks” and cited a ‘dramatic drop” in riots.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

48 COMMENTS

  1. A dramatic drop in riots? It seems we read about them daily. If there's a drop in riots, why is it that the Jews are prevented from ascending? We are not the ones rioting and injuring the police. Giving in to terror only strengthens the terrorists. Especially during this holiday Jews need to have the opportunity. The tourists are here for so short a time, they should be given priority. This has got to change.

  2. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead Israel nation during this very difficulty and challenging days, facing threats on every side.Spoke to Obama and his administration and the entire world, telling them the truth they don't want to hear about the ownership of Jerusalem and the realities of Islamic terrorism.
    Benjamin, “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.” – Unknown
    You are not forgotten by the God of Abraham,Isaac and of Israel.Nobody loves you more than the Person who created you.The whole world belongs to God, and He gives this land to Abraham whom He will.
    Your fears are known by Him.Your tears matter to Him.When you are hurting,He is bringing answers toward you.Every moment of your life God schedules miracles like currents of blessing into your life.
    God, is the defender of Israel. Not the US, nor anyone else. I love you,your family and the nation Israel.
    The above Rain Bow is the creator’s covenent with me, I tell you the truth !!!

  3. in the designated time God will unite Israel and the house of David with their land and no man will be able to stop it.It is sad but its prophetic but i read how it all turns out.Wouldnt wanna be in anyones shoes when our Messiah comes and destroys their enemies.As we all know you cant win in battle against The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob or (Israel) Israel stand strong your deliverer is nigh.

  4. in the designated time God will unite Israel and the house of David with their land and no man will be able to stop it.It is sad but its prophetic but i read how it all turns out.Wouldnt wanna be in anyones shoes when our Messiah comes and destroys their enemies.As we all know you cant win in battle against The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob or (Israel) Israel stand strong your deliverer is nigh.

  5. Thank you Binyamin. I hope this new year is the one in which the patient and loving G-G of Israel will finally redeem HIS people and cause their enemies to vanish, one way or another.

  6. There Is a perspective discrepancy here. Just speaking of them in this manner, as a political adversary as opposed to dangerous, inhumane lunatics gives them status that they DON'T deserve. Similar to the"Palestinians" by a handshake on the White house steps…?? Get them out like the criminal elements they are. Yes, Gd rules the world, but as His representatives on Earth we have to act in a manner appropriate to the provocation! Make quick response and DONE!

  7. isis flags in Israel, oh really, I'm without words, we are surely not being run by men of faith and insight, demolish that abomination and deports all non-Jewish!

    Ban Islam within Israel, that's the true mark of a Jewish Kingdom. We are suppose to be preparing for the arrival of the Holy One, Blessed Be He…..

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